Building an Energy Efficient Home: How to Lower Utility Bills

Tips from experts on how to lower utility bills by making your home more energy efficient. With the rising cost of energy, making your home more energy efficient is no longer simply an admirable goal, it’s a necessity.



Discover how to lower utility bills. Energy-efficient windows play a big role in reducing home energy consumption.
Energy-efficient windows play a big role in reducing home energy consumption.
Photo by Istockphoto/Oleg Prikhodko
Infrared imaging can pinpoint places where warm air is escaping. Sealing air leaks is a sure way to save energy and money.
Infrared imaging can pinpoint places where warm air is escaping. Sealing air leaks is a sure way to save energy and money.
Photo by Infraspection Institute
Windows allow natural light (and heat from the sun) into a room.
Windows allow natural light (and heat from the sun) into a room.
Photo by Andersen Windows, Inc.
Older homes can be retrofitted with blown-in insulation.
Older homes can be retrofitted with blown-in insulation.
Photo by Istockphoto/David Lewis
Technicians can check your ductwork for leaks.
Technicians can check your ductwork for leaks.
Photo by Charlie Castillega/Nrel
Installing insulation can improve the energy efficiency of your house.
Installing insulation can improve the energy efficiency of your house.
Photo by Istockphoto/Joe Belanger
Sealing air leaks can make your house more energy efficient and more comfortable.
Sealing air leaks can make your house more energy efficient and more comfortable.
Photo by Istockphoto/David Lewis
As energy prices increase, energy-efficient replacement windows can pay for themselves in less than 10 years.
As energy prices increase, energy-efficient replacement windows can pay for themselves in less than 10 years.
Photo by Istockphoto/George Peters
Power strips let you turn off power to electronics when not in use, reducing “phantom loads.
Power strips let you turn off power to electronics when not in use, reducing “phantom loads.”
Photo by Fotolia/Aberenyi

















Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here