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Have you ever wondered if your house is energy efficient?

To effectively increase your energy efficiency involves more than just using less energy – it requires you to become aware of how energy is used, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life.

Here are some top tips to help your home save energy and be more efficient:

1. Use LEDs instead of light bulbs.

2. Seal your home. Sealing cracks, gaps, and leaks and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.

3. When replacing old appliances, choose Energy Star models.

4. Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.

5. Defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick to ensure your appliances are running efficiently.

6. During warmer months, close blinds, shades, and drapes on the sunny side of your home to help keep your home’s temperature cooler and reduce the work for your AC.

7. Maximize natural light when possible.

8. Turn off the heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead.

9. Don’t leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight. It only takes a couple of hours to charge.

10. Unplug electronics when not in use.

There are also home upgrades to improve energy efficiency ranging from small projects with small price tags to big projects that cost thousands. However, these simple lifestyle changes can improve energy efficiency.