Many people look forward to the changing seasons, the little nip in the air, the kids going back to school, the beautiful fall colors. But this year, more than ever, people are worried about how they are going to pay their utility bills.

While I can’t help you earn more money I can show you how to cut energy bills and save more of the money you already make. There are many things you can do from big, expensive high return projects to smaller, easier, small savings projects.

Your best bet is probably to combine both types of projects, big and small, to get the maximum savings.

Some of the smaller projects include adding a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to keep your house as warm when you’re not there, caulking around windows and doors, having your furnace checked out by a professional to make sure it’s running right.

These are simple and inexpensive things you can do and while they won’t save you thousands every year, they will save you money so they are worth taking the time to do.

Some of the bigger projects include:

1. Adding more insulation to your attic. This one thing can drastically reduce the amount of warm air that is lost.

2. Replace old, drafty windows and doors with newer energy efficient models.

3. Build your own wind turbine. This can easily be done in a few days for less than $300 yet save you up to 80% off of your electric bills.

Some of the projects on this list may even make you eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,500.

The bottom line is this: it doesn’t matter if you choose to make big changes or small changes as long as you make changes. By investing some time and a little money you can cut energy bills not only this winter but for many years to come.

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