Many homeowners would love to invest in making their property more energy-efficient.

Going green can save you a lot of money over time and is great for the environment,

but the up-front costs can be significant. Fortunately, there are some energy-efficient

changes you can make to your home without draining too much of your bank account.

Seal air leaks: As much as 20 percent of the energy used to regulate temperature in a

home can be lost to air leaks. You can seal doors and windows with weather stripping

and the project will usually cost less than $200.

Smart thermostats: Older thermostats are usually inefficient because they only have

a few settings. A smart thermostat like Nest can be programmed to reduce heating/cooling

when you’re not at home or during the hours when you’re asleep. The energy savings

you will see usually equal the cost of the thermostat after a year or two.

Change your light bulbs: LED light bulbs are expensive, but require just a small

percentage of the energy incandescent bulbs require. A cheap incandescent bulb uses

about $15 of electricity a year (if it lasts that long). An LED bulb costs $25, but uses

less than $5 worth of electricity per year and will last up to 11 years.