While it seems that energy costs have stabilized somewhat and many of us aren’t as fearful heading into this heating season as we were last year, we all would still love to be able to cut energy bills and send a much smaller check to our utility company every month.

The good news is that there are many things you can do to take a bite out of those high energy bills. Some of the things are simple projects that will only take a few minutes and a couple of dollars to do.

This is a great place to start, but remember, they won’t save you a whole lot of money, though some savings is better than none.

Other projects will be more involved and will cost more money but will also save you more money and might even qualify you for a tax credit of up to $1500.

Below I’ll break down the big projects from the small. Think of it as a checklist that you can follow to help lower your bills now:

Small Projects

1. Add a programmable thermostat so you don’t pay money to keep the house warm when you’re not there.

2. Caulk around leaky windows and doors. Add a window kit to prevent even more heat loss.

3. Get your furnace inspected by a professional and change the filters monthly.

Big Projects

1. Add insulation to your attic.

2. Replace leaky windows and doors with energy efficient models.

3. Build a wind turbine for your home to provide up to 60% of your own electricity.

These are just a few of the projects, big and small, you can do now to save money this winter and for years to come. So get started now to cut energy bills and when that first bill comes in December, you’ll be glad you did.

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