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Attic Insulation
  • Most heat transfers into the home by way of conduction through the attic, that’s where insulation should be added.

  • Insulate the attic, basement and crawl spaces of your home. Around 20% of energy cost come from heat loss in those areas.
  • Indoor Temperature
  • Studies show that you can take 6% off your heating bill for every degree below 72 F you reduce a home's temperature during the cold season. For instance, setting your thermostat at 72 in the summer could increase energy use by up to 40%.

  • One of the best ways to save energy dollars is to use less air conditioning and heating.
  • Exterior Painting
  • Use light paint colors for house’s exterior. Lighter colors reflect heat better than darker colors.
  • Installing Solar Panels
  • Solar Panels are the most cleanest source of alternative Energy. There is zero pollution to the environment.

  • Solar Panels will save you thousands in the long run. A solar panel can save you from 40% to 55% of your electric bill cost over it's 25 year life expectancy.
  • Lighting Efficiency
  • Replacing light bulbs with CLF’s can have a huge impact. One bulb can save at least $30.00 in electric bills over its lifespan and 5 bulbs can save 50 percent on annual lighting bills.

  • CLFs also reduce greenhouse emissions from power plants.
  • Exterior Doors
  • Putting weatherstripping around your home's entry doors will save $30 a year in heating and air conditioning energy.
  • EcodeOnline’s Green Guide in Association with NAHB Research Center