Most of us see higher utility costs during the hottest and coldest times of the year. Consider using the strategies below to make your house more energy-efficient and reduce your monthly bills.

Install Energy-Efficient Appliances

A basic way to make your home more energy-efficient is to invest in energy-efficient appliances. Newer refrigerators, laundry machines, and HVAC systems use less energy than older ones.

Look for the ENERGY STAR certification when picking out new appliances to be sure that you’ll save money on your power bill. As a bonus, new appliances also boost property value.

Seal Up Gaps Around Windows and Doors to Make Your House More Energy-Efficient

You may have an efficient heating and cooling system, but it can’t work optimally if the conditioned air inside your home is leaking out. Older doors and windows are often not sealed well. The weatherstripping around doors deteriorates over time and needs to be replaced. Old window panes loosen in the frame and need to be caulked to make them airtight. Seal up gaps around windows and doors so that your HVAC won’t have to work so hard.

Inspect the Attic Door

The attic door is a common culprit for lost heat. Inspect your attic door to see if it closes all the way with no gaps around the edges. Heat rises, so in the winter the heat in your home will escape into the attic if the door is not airtight and your furnace will work harder to keep the house warm.

Upgrade the Insulation to Make Your House More Energy-Efficient

The purpose of insulation is to keep the house at the designated temperature you’ve set inside without being affected by the outdoors. Over time, insulation in the attic, basement, crawlspace, and walls deteriorates, sags, and may become damaged. A plumbing leak in the walls can soak the insulation, rendering it ineffective. If you are having trouble keeping your house at a comfortable temperature, or feel like your heating and cooling bills are too high, poor insulation might be the problem.

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