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Apr 22, 2013

AOL Real Estate’s Top 6 List of Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Stop Wasting Money

Having an eco-friendly home is important these days. Too many of us neglect the little things around the house that are causing us to unnecessarily lose money every year. Well, AOL Real Estate gives some great suggestions on the top 10 eco-friendly home improvements you should consider for your own home. Here are a few of those tips.

1. Light Bulbs

Check you light bulbs. Are they LEDs? If not, you might want to consider switching them out for LED bulbs. Making that one change alone can save you up 75% of energy you use compared to traditional bulbs.

2. Air Filters

It’s important to change your air filters on a regular basis. Why? Because dirty air filters can drive your annual cooling bill up like crazy. Check your filters once a month and change them when they’re dirty.

3. Thermostat

Get a programmable thermostat. This allows you to adjust the temperature while you’re out of the house. This can save you up to $180 a year in energy costs.

4. Water Heater

You should look into a heat pump hot water heater to replace your existing one. These are more than twice as efficient as your typical water heater tank.

5. Air Leaks

If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you might have air leaks throughout your home – especially around the window, doors, and attics. Weather stripping, spray foam, caulk, or house wrap can take care of the leaks.

6. Plumbing

Water is expensive. That’s why you should use aerators on the faucets and showerheads in your home. And maybe look into new low-flow toilets which use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush, saving up to 3,000 gallons of water per toilet per year. That is a LOT of water!

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