Easy Ways to Go Green and Lower Utility Bills This Summer

May 14, 2014

Window upgrades and moreSummer officially starts next month, but many parts of the country are already feeling the heat. And if you’re a homeowner, you might be getting a little nervous about the costs to keep your home cool this summer. Here are a few easy tips for boosting your home’s energy efficiency while saving money:

  • Replace light bulbs – Replacing old light bulbs is the easiest thing you can do and it will also save you money the quickest. Replace your old ones with LEDs or CFLs and you’ll see immediate savings.
  • Weather strip – Installing new/replacing worn weather stripping and caulking any areas where air can escape is a do-it-yourself green project that will save you money. Inspect areas along windows, doors, joints, pipes and attic openings and caulk where needed. Install new weather stripping around doors and windows where needed.
  • Install energy-efficient windows – A lot of the cool or warm air that you are paying for literally goes right out your windows. Air escapes through the panes themselves. The most effective windows are double-paned, low-e, but they are pricey, so you might want to replace the windows in your home slowly. Start with the side of your home that gets the most sun and work your way around the rest of your home. In the meantime, cover other windows with heavy, light-blocking, blackout-type blinds and curtains to keep your home cool.
  • Reach out for help – It might help to contact your utility companies and find out what kinds of energy-savings programs they are currently running. Many try to get more customers involved with freebies, giveaways and rebate offers. You can also contact your county and state government and tax offices and inquire about rebate programs that they might offer to help with your efforts to make your home more energy efficient. Don’t forget to also look into available tax credits from the Federal government. Local contractors/remodelers may also be able to give you some advice in this area, too.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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