Hello! If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re interested in making your home an ally to our environment. For that, we want to thank you!

The term “energy efficiency” is being thrown around more and more these days, and there’s a reason for that. With the way technology has grown immensely over the past few decades and showing no signs of slowing down, the human race has learned how to harness renewable energy like never before. As a result, making your house energy-efficient is actually extremely easy- and what’s more, using less energy means you spend less on your energy bill!

Here are a few ways you can make your house more energy-efficient.

Install solar panels

Allowing the natural energy that the sun’s rays provide to power your house is one of the biggest energy-saving measures you can take. Rather than using your utility company to generate the electricity in your home, allow the sunlight to do that for you for free! The only costs involved are the initial costs of labor to install the panels onto your roof. Best of all, installing a solar panel may even make you eligible to receive a tax break!

Keep your thermostat relatively even-keeled

A thermostat serves a specific purpose; namely, keeping us from suffocating from the heat in the summer and keeping up from freezing in the winter. Having a thermostat and adjusting it as the outside temperature changes doesn’t do a great deal of damage to the environment… as long as the adjustments aren’t too drastic. Blasting the air conditioning at 60 degrees may feel good, but ultimately causes your HVAC unit to work far harder than it should and waste a lot of energy that you could be saving. You can achieve the same effect by leaving the air conditioning on low and opening the windows. When winter rolls around and the temperature gets cold, the same principle goes for the heating system. Don’t overdo it with the heat; turn it on low, and wear sweats. Our home planet- and your electric bill- will be grateful.

Turn off all water that isn’t being used

It may seem like a fairly simple concept to just turn off the water when you aren’t using it, but you’d be surprised how much a few drops of extra water here and a few more drops of water there can add up. For starters, make sure that when you’re done washing your hands or step out of the shower, the water is turned completely off. Not close to off, where water slowly drips or leaks out of the faucet or nozzle, but all the way off. Next, when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands, only let the water run in the moments it absolutely needs to, such as filling up a cup of water or letting the water rinse off your soapy hands. Turning the water off in the intervals in between the moments it’s needed can save you hundreds of dollars.