Affordable Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

“Going Green” in your Denver home is an important and relatively easy way to increase your property value prior to putting it on the market.

If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, consider simple ways to increase the energy efficiency of your property.  Not only will it become a more attractive option for potential buyers because of its eco-friendly features, it will also save both homeowners—you and the future owner—a great deal of money on energy bills throughout the year.  Here are 5 affordable ways to go green with your property; they all cost $100 or less.

  1. Thermally Lined Drapes:  Choose floor-to-ceiling window coverings that have an added insulating thermal layer built in.  These drapes will keep the warmth in during the winter months and keep the air conditioning within the home throughout the summer.
  2. Weatherstripping:  Make sure air doesn’t escape through window and door cracks.  Try bronze weatherstrips for your windows, which will usually cost you less than $1 per foot.  For door leaks, adhere foam or felt to the bottom strip of your door.
  3. Install a Rain Barrel:  Catch all of the rain that falls off your roof throughout the cooler months and capture it for use on your lawn throughout the hot summer.
  4. Start a Compost Pile:  Use food and yard waste to create future fertilizer for your plants and vegetables.  Your plants will need less water later on.
  5. Seal Switches and Outlets: Purchase pre-cut foam pieces and install them inside the faceplate of outlets.  You’ll save energy by stopping the flow of escaping air.

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