A new year means new opportunities to live a more green lifestyle. Taking steps to save energy not only saves you money, but also helps save the environment through reducing waste and energy usage. One of the easiest and most significant places to go green is your home.

Seal Leaks

The older your home, the more likely there are cracks or gaps in your exterior walls and foundation. These leaks easily let air out, causing your heating and air conditioning systems to work harder and use more energy to maintain a comfortable temperature. You can easily seal these leaks using caulking or weather stripping.

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A lack of insulation can also make your heating and cooling energy usage increase significantly. Many homes are lacking in adequate amounts of insulation, especially in homes that have attic spaces. Rolls of insulation can be picked up at most any hardware store and provide a quick way to reduce energy loss without spending a lot of money.

Windows and Doors

An upgrade to windows and doors, especially in older homes, can also help you go green. New energy efficient windows better prevent heat and cool air from escaping, as well as can be used in passive solar heating to further reduce energy costs. Replace hollow exterior doors with solid models to also prevent energy loss. Always have windows and doors installed by a professional to ensure the fit is correct for the most savings.

Water Heater

Your water heater’s energy use adds up to as much as 25 percent of your energy bill each month. Replace older models with more energy efficient ones to not only save energy but also increase the speed and availability of hot water. Make sure that your water heater is properly installed and insulated to further increase energy savings.

Home Automation

One of the most popular ways to go green in your home is home automation. Home automation not only helps protect you and your family through security features, but is also used to control the temperature of your home. Thermostat features automatically adjust the temperature while asleep or away and better maintain a comfortable temperature while you’re at home and awake. Contact a professional, such as Blue Tree Security or other trusted sources to find the right product for your home.

Start your new year right by using these and other tips for going green in your home. While the costs may seem expensive at first in some cases, the long lasting savings will more than pay off your