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Go Green and Save Money: Easy Tips to Make Your Home More Sustainable

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Are you a homeowner who would like to make your house more energy-efficient? Are you tired of high heating and cooling bills? Are you planning a home remodel and want to know the easy ways you can upgrade not only your home but your green rating? There are many benefits to making your home more energy efficient. Not only is a good for the environment, but it is good for your bank account. Read on to get our quick tips for going green during your house remodel:

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Request an Energy Audit

First things first: Want to know where energy is escaping your home? Get an energy audit, a professional will tell you where your roof is leaking, the cracks in your home where you need to use spray foam insulation, where your insulation is failing you and how you can become more energy-efficient. There are many non-profit organizations who do energy audits for free. So start there, and get the full report. An energy audit will help you determine what needs your attention the most as you prepare to remodel your home.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know heating and cooling takes up about 46 percent of your monthly home energy bill? Considering it takes such a large chunk of the pie, it's smart to switch out your thermostat. Invest in a programmable thermostat Invest in a programmable thermostat so that you can regulate a stable temperature in your home over time. You also can set the thermostat to a different temperature when you are on vacation.

Replace Your Appliances

One of the biggest upgrades you can give your home during a remodel is new appliances. If your current appliances are between 10 and 15 years old, it's time for an upgrade. Replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones. Many appliances now meet the Energy Star certification, which is a government-supported certification. The EPA sets forth criteria for energy efficiency, and a wide variety of appliances -- from freezers to refrigerators to air purifiers -- can be certified. As started on this appliances retailer website, Energy Star appliances use between 60 and 80 percent less energy than older appliances.

Install Motion Sensor Lights

If you regularly forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room, consider switching out your current lighting panels for motion sensor ones. This is an easy, economical fix for your home -- and it works especially well for bathrooms and rooms that you are going in and out of regularly. The best part is that you can install these yourself with just an afternoon of work.

Install a Rain Barrel Outside

Installing a rain barrel in your yard is an easy way to reduce your water bill. The water naturally collects in the barrel, and you can use it to water plants, the yard, wash the car -- anything requiring water treatment outside. This is one of the most economical choices you can make for home, and often your local government will reimburse you for some of the expense of the materials to set up the rain barrel system in your yard.

Are you ready to go green? With a little planning and effort, you can take your home from an energy guzzler to a green machine. These tips are easy ones any homeowner who is planning a remodel of their home can incorporate into their remodeling budget. Replacing an entire HVAC system is going to be expensive in comparison to other smaller projects -- like installing a programmable thermostat -- so take costs into consideration as you plan. With a home remodel in the future, it's important to get all the details right. Incorporating "green" into your remodeling scheme will save you money and energy over time.

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