There are many ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home. Taking steps to improve energy efficiency will help reduce the costs associated with maintaining your home and those costs related to your utilities. Reducing the carbon footprint of your home is great for the planet and makes your home’s value increase. There are products that you can use as part of your home as well as within your home to help achieve this goal. Making your home green can involve other products or activities you may not have considered. One important aspect of going green is reducing your carbon footprint by using less energy in multiple aspects of your house. One of the best ways to reduce energy usage is to ensure your home is adequately insulated. You can take it one step further by using eco-friendly insulation made out of materials like cotton, wool, recycled fabrics like denim and even soybeans. While you’re poking around the walls, evaluate your outdoor siding. If your home is older and in need of a facelift, consider green products like fiber-cement siding or insulated vinyl siding. Both will last for many, many years and require virtually no maintenance. Replacing older appliances is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption in your home. The upfront cost of replacing older appliances may deter individuals from considering this option but depending on the appliance you are replacing you can easily recoup that cost in the long run. Your washer and dryer, refrigerator, range, hot water heater and ac unit are some of the top consumers of electricity within your home. You can look to see if these appliances still have the energy star label on them. If hey do have the labels you can jot down the information and take it with you to the store to compare how much a newer appliance will reduce your energy consumption. This can help tell you how long it will take to offset the cost of replacing the actual appliance with newer one thus guiding you budget decision When cooling or heating your home most of the energy is lost through doors, windows, and older less efficient insulation. You can easily upgrade the appearance, security, and efficiency of your home by simply upgrading your windows and doors to newer more energy efficient doors and windows. Triple-paned or double-paned windows are your best option in regards to improving the efficiency of your home. Other added benefits of a triple-paned window or door would include protection from debris during a hurricane or severe weather event. It also would be more difficult for an intruder to enter through the glass. Lastly these windows and doors will help reduce the sound and ambient noise entering your home from the surrounding environment. As you can see there are many added benefits to new windows and doors besides the reduction in heating and cooling costs. As you can see there are many ways to reduce the toxicity and energy consumption of your home. From using L.E.E.D. Certified materials, upgrading to new, more energy efficient appliances and replacing your windows and doors with more efficient materials. Taking these steps will save you money in the long run and help keep your family healthier. Lastly you will pump up the value of your home with your new improvements. These are great options to consider for your home especially if you plan on staying there longer than 40 years.