Cost-Cutting, Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your Home


A rain barrel set up to catch rain
A rain barrel set up to catch rain

Want to save money on your energy bill? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save up to 30 percent making efficiency upgrades.

While some homes are built with eco-conscious amenities from the ground up, other homeowners search for ways to upgrade their existing homes. Whichever green category you fall into, there are plenty of ways to go green while leveraging cost-cutting upgrades at the same time. Here’s how to get started.


Switching to ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washers and refrigerators are about 20 percent more efficient than standard models, the U.S. Department of Energy reports. They also note that qualified dishwashers use about 5.8 gallons of water per cycle or less, while older models purchased before 1994 use over 10 gallons for the same cycle. The water savings can lessen your impact on the environment while giving your water bill a boost.

Replacing some of your appliances could cost several hundred dollars or more depending on how much of an investment you’re looking to make. Make sure you ask about warranties, or look at a home warranty from a company like TotalProtect to cover your investment and get your appliances quickly replaced or repaired.


Trading out your old light bulbs for LED and compact fluorescents can help your quest to go green. Your electricity consumes up to 25 percent of the average home energy budget. While there’s more in your home consuming electricity than just light bulbs, changing them can still make a big difference. The electricity used from a single incandescent bulb ultimately costs up to 10 times the original purchase price of a compact fluorescent light bulb.

Take it a step further and automate your lighting with smart bulbs or smart switches. With the help of your home WiFi and your smartphone, you can adjust your lights as needed whether you’re home or not.

Rainwater harvesting system

The EPA estimates that the average family uses 320 gallons of water each day, with 30 percent devoted to outdoor use like watering lawns and gardens. An old barrel can be turned into a rain catch system to help water your lawn, plants and wash down your patio or deck. The EPA recommends a WaterSense irrigation system that can tailor watering schedules to local weather conditions. In all, a family could save 9,000 gallons of water annually.

Water heaters

Switching to a high-efficiency water heater can shave upwards of 25 percent off your annual utility bill, Quicken Loans reports. Some water heaters even qualify for a federal tax credit. ENERGY STAR lists that your tax credit could be 10 percent of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 to $300. If you’re not ready to trade in your hot water heater, invest in a hot water tank blanket. Adding this insulation could save between 4 and 9 percent in water heating costs.

Every smalls step we take to help save our planet and our own health will help ensure a healthier safer future for our children! Take action today and make at least one small change to conserve water, energy, and money. What are you going to do this Spring to help our environment and planet? Let me know in the comments!


About the author

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! I believe in living green, organically, and natural in every aspect of our lives. My mission is to help educate you on how to live green, help save our environment and to help you and your family live a happier, healthier life!

12 thoughts on “Cost-Cutting, Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your Home!”

  1. notsomodernblog

    We’re slowly working on integrating all of these. We’re planning to build a new house (currently in a manufactured home), and I want a more energy efficient water heater. Of course, we may also incorporate some form of alternative energy, so we shall see.

    Thank you for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

    1. Good luck on building your new home. Always glad to be part of Homestead blog hop. Have a healthy happy & blessed week!

  2. Next to Natural

    These are all great suggestions! We just recently built our home and made sure to only buy energy efficient appliances and water heaters. We also bought LED lights. Even though there is a higher upfront cost, it saves money in the end and helps the environment! Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Natural Saturdays

    1. I am glad to hear that you are doing your part to help our planet. Glad to be part of Simply Natural Saturdays! Happy Spring! Marla

  3. Great tips! I’m a renter, so I can’t do all of these, but I have switched to LED lights. I’ll have to keep the rest in mind for if I purchase a home in the future.

  4. Great post! I’ve always wanted to try a rain water catch system…those are some compelling statistics on the amount you can save. Thanks for the info!

    1. Hi Shelley,
      Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Glad to help educate people to help our environment. Happy Spring! Marla

  5. Excellent tips! When we owned our home, we did as many of these things as we could over time. Amazingly, some states do not permit people to collect rain in rain barrels.

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      Thank you for reading my article and commenting. I did not realize that some states did not allow home owners not to have rain barrels. We have one and I love using to water my flowers and garden. Happy Spring! Marla

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