I hope that the first few weeks of spring are treating you well. I don't know if it's the fresh air or the cool breezes, but spring feels like the perfect time to think about becoming a little more efficient. It's not only good for the planet, but it's great for your budget as well. I wanted to pass on three ways that you can save some money with a more efficient home.


From efficient and smart lighting to major appliances, swapping out old electronics and appliances can save big time. Every appliance has a lifespan. When one appliance needs to be replaced, switch it out with one that's more efficient. Buying an Energy Star certified appliance will save you in the long run. Did you know that Energy Star appliances could save you up to $1,000 over the 15-year lifespan of most major appliances? Look for efficient everything - it's out there and will make an impact on your savings.


Many local utility companies offer rebates after you purchase an efficient product. Call or check out your local utility company's website to see if they offer any rebates on efficient products.


A programmable or smart thermostat can save a lot over time. Think about how much energy is wasted from your furnace or air conditioner running when you're not even home. Probably quite a bit, which only wastes more money! With a smart thermostat, you can monitor the temperature and make adjustments from anywhere. Some models even let you adjust temperatures from room to room.