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Great ideas, products, and techniques for energy efficiency & conservation


Making your home energy efficient is one of the smartest things you can do as a homeowner. Energy-saving improvements will lower energy bills, make your home more comfortable and increase its value, and help conserve energy and valuable resources. In this section, we’ll help you discover the best ways to save energy in your home.




Free DIY Home Energy Audit

With the help of the free online resource, you can do your own home energy audit, and take advantage of major money-saving rebates and tax incentives.  Read more…


What You Should Know About Insulation

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Attic insulation—if insufficient—is often at the top of the list of needed improvements. To get a handle on how much insulation you need and the best type to buy, see our Home Insulation Buying Guide.


Weatherstripping You Can Do

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Sealing windows with weatherstripping can pay big dividends in energy savings and comfort. For more, see Weatherstripping Windows & Doors.



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The Best Energy-Saving Improvements

Attic insulation, weatherstripping, new appliances, windows…what improvements should you do first? Here’s how to decide:

1 Get a clear picture of how your home is performing and where energy improvements are needed.

2 Get estimates for the various improvements it needs.

3 Explore the many available incentives and rebates that can help offset the costs.

4 Decide which projects are realistic for your budget.

5 Figure how long it will take for your improvements to pay for themselves in energy savings.

A Free All-In-One Tool

An extremely helpful free online tool (and App) that will walk you through this entire process is Homeselfe: The Free DIY Home Energy Audit Tool. After answering a series of questions about your home, Homeselfe will generate a complete report of the various measures your house needs, including their potential savings. It gives you information about money-saving rebates and incentives. And it suggests approved local contractors who can give you free estimates.