A more green, energy efficient home will help lower your bills. Current home owners can benefit by fixing up their homes with green updates. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. Here are 5 green update for your current home.

Decrease Water Usage

There are a number of ways to do this. Installing things like faucet aerators, newer toilet models, newer model dishwasher, and energy efficient washers can help you use less water per year. You can get a facet aerator install for about $10. The dishwasher and washer will be more expensive, but you can see a return on your investment in about 3-4 years.

Install Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

By replacing your old windows and doors with ones that don’t let cool air leak in, you can lower your heating costs. It is suggest to avoid aluminum-framed windows, wood ones will work better. For the doors, avoid hollow metal ones that let air right through.

Seal Up Your Home

To lower you heating bill, it is best to make sure you plug any leaks that let cold air into your home. These tend to be around doors, windows, basements, and attics. If you can’t afford to install the energy efficient windows and doors, sealing the leaks from your current ones can also help. It is also good to add insulation to your wall, as many homes have been found to be under insulated.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

These device help cool and heat your home when you are there. They can be programmed to turn off at hours you are away or even sleeping. This is a great way to save on your heating/cooling bill. You will see the savings within months of the installation.

Change Your Light Bulbs

In the last few years, there has been a lot of change in the way you can light your home. By changing your light bulbs to compact florescent ones, you can see your electric bill be lowered. These bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and only cost about $2-3 per bulb. They also last ten times longer than the incandescent bulbs.

There are many ways to make your current home greener. It doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Small, inexpensive changes can make a noticeable difference. Over time; you can use these savings to invest in more expensive green updates.