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Are you tired of your outrageous utility bills? Do you cringe every time you get one?

By making a few simple energy-efficient upgrades, you’ll be amazed at how much energy and money you can save. The best part is you don’t have to spend a lot of money up front.

Here are the top seven ways to make your home more energy efficient for less than $50.

1. Upgrade your light bulbs

The new energy-efficient light bulbs can outshine traditional ones by at least 10 times and save as much as 75% on your electric bill. Some energy-friendly options include halogen bulbs, LEDs, and CFLs. However, be aware that not every light bulb will work correctly in every fixture, especially in older homes.

2. Wrap your water heater

An energy-efficient blanket for your hot water heater will set you back about $20 — a small investment that will have a big impact. They are incredibly easy to apply and keep the water warm inside the tank, which means it doesn’t have to work as much.

3. Install a door sweep

A door sweep is one of the easiest, cheapest, and quickest ways to save money instantly. It costs just a few dollars, quickly attaches to the bottom of a door, and keeps more of the cold outside where it belongs. You can choose one that attaches with either self-adhesive tape or hardware screws.

4. Reset your thermostat

Purchasing a thermostat that’s programmable will cut your utility bills by as much as 10%. They can be programmed to adjust the temperature whether you’re at home, working, on vacation, or asleep. Over time, the savings really add up.

5. Modify your fireplace

Is your fireplace more for looks or function? Consider using a chimney plug to stop warmer air from escaping from your home. The plugs typically cost about $50 and only take a few minutes to install and inflate. Santa will understand.

6. Hang out your laundry

Clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy consumers in the home. Though much better than older models, even modern-day clothes dryers use their fair share of energy.

If possible, hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes line. It may seem a bit old fashioned, but once you see how much you save on your utility bill, you won’t mind.

If you live in an apartment or there’s no room for a clothesline, there are many indoor clothes drying options you can choose that will hold an entire load of clothes.

7. Use power strips

Do you have masses of electrical cords, especially in your office? Any device that has a continuous, remote display or a charging cord will continue to drain power even when you’re not using it.

Over time, that can result in a 10% increase in utility bills is entirely avoidable. Some electronic devices, such as alarm clocks or DVRs, require continuous power. All other electrical devices should be plugged into an energy-saving power strip that has a convenient on/off switch.

This is the best way to separate the devices that need constant power from those that don’t.

Small modifications in your home such as these will make a huge impact in terms of both energy and money savings.

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