Want to save on your energy bill, protect the environment and be more comfortable? Great news! Going green may be easier than you think. If you’re ready to act and make your home more energy efficient, here are five suggestions:

 

Get an energy audit.

Energy companies are eager to help homeowners find ways to reduce consumption and often offer free analyses to help customers make their homes more energy efficient. Contact your local utility company to see what programs are available in your area.

 

Insulate your home.

Have your home inspected for the quality and quantity of insulation to make sure you are not overheating or over-cooling. A properly insulated home can reduce your energy needs by as much as 30% and at the same time, reduce your carbon footprint.

 

Install a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats not only save money but relieve you of having to remember to adjust the temperature when you leave the house, go on vacation, or even go to bed at night. You can save hundreds annually by properly setting a programmable thermostat, which costs only about $50.

 

Invest in energy efficient light bulbs.

Replacing older incandescent lighting with highly efficient light bulbs or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is one of the easiest and most profitable green technology investments you can make. Although these can initially cost more than traditional bulbs, they save money overall because they use less energy and last longer.

 

Go solar.

Now more affordable than ever thanks to Tesla and other environmentally friendly companies, solar energy can provide major savings. Stylish new invisible glass roof panels can complement your home’s architecture while efficiently turning sunlight into electricity. The upfront costs may be significant but you could save thousands over time — and, you may even be able to take advantage of a 30% solar Investment Tax Credit.