Green Home Upgrades That Will

Actually Save You Money


Energy experts call them “low-hanging fruit.” They are energy saving upgrades that offer outstanding ROI. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at some of the best green home improvements that will put money back in your pocket within two years.

Energy Saving

75-80%

Energy saved by switching from incandescent to LED bulbs.

Monthly Savings

10-50%

Monthly savings on heating and cooling after adding insulation, such as spray polyurethane foam, to your home.

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18-24 Months

Time needed for a programmable thermostat to pay for itself.

Home Savings

$303

Average annual energy savings for air sealing and weatherizing a cold-climate, wood-framed home.

Leaky Duct Fixes

20-30%

Amount of heating and cooling energy lost due to leaky ducts (Duct sealing is an inexpensive DIY fix.)

Pipe Insulation

1 Year

Payback time for hot water pipe insulation (DIY).

Hot Water Savings

6-10%

Monthly hot water bill savings from lowering your water heater temperature setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees F.

Insulated Water

4-10 Months

Payback period for adding an insulated water heater blanket to an older water heater.

Water Savings

$2,200

Lifetime water bill savings from installing a WaterSense-labeled low-flow toilet ($110 per year)

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2 Months

Payback period for an automatic rain sensor installed on an irrigation system using 30,000 gallons per month.