8 Easy Projects for Instant Home Energy Savings

It’s easier than you might think to reduce energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. These eight simple home energy projects are easy enough to do yourself, and pay for themselves quickly in instant energy savings.



Computer power settings
Computers use a lot of electricity, so you can save a lot of energy quickly by setting your computer to go into sleep or hibernate whenever you’re not using it.
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Insulate ductwork
It’s easy and inexpensive to add insulation around ductwork, and doing so can lead to big energy savings.
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pantyhose filter for electric dryers
If you have an electric (not gas) dryer, try a filter to vent the dryer indoors and take advantage of the waste heat.
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Turn off the lights
One of the author’s top money and energy saving strategies is surprisingly simple. Turn more stuff off!
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power strips for phantom loads
Most appliances use energy even when they are turned off, but by plugging multiple cords into one power strip, you can turn them all completely off with one flip of the power strip switch.
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CFLs
Switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescents is an easy and fast way to save electricity.
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Caulk to seal air leaks
Lower your home heating and cooling costs by tightening up places where air leaks out by sealing them with caulk.
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bubble wrap windows
New energy-efficient windows are an expensive investment, but there are simple fixes that will make your existing windows more efficient. One of the fastest and cheapest is to cover them with bubble wrap.
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Reduce your carbon footprint, make a difference
In the United States, most of our electricity comes from coal-fired power plants, a source of energy that produces a lot of greenhouse gases. Trimming your electricity use can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.
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electric mattress pad
If you keep your bed warm with an electric mattress pad, you can save energy by turning down the thermostat at night.
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pennies saved
The benefits of home energy improvements are not always obvious because many of these projects save only small amounts of money each day, but over time, the savings multiply quickly. To look at the true benefits of any project, calculate the money and energy savings over 10 years.
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Save big bucks over time
Some home energy improvements pay off more quickly than others. All things being equal, why not do the projects that save you the most money first?
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