Fun Fact: homes built after the year 2000 consume only 2 percent more energy on average than homes built prior to 2000, despite these newer homes using more appliances and being 30 percent larger (on average).
Why? Because older homes are much less energy-efficient. According to Energy Saver, a guide created by the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American family spends approximately $2,200 a year on home utility bills. 30 percent of those dollars are zapped away by air leaks, outdated appliances, and inefficient HVAC systems.
So you can conserve energy and have extra money every month to spend on other home renovation projects, here’s our guide to investments you can make that pay for themselves and improve the comfortability and value of your home.