Who doesn’t want more efficiency in their life? More efficiency at the gym, more efficiency with email, more efficiency with your to-do list. But there’s one thing that you physically can feel the efficiency, or lack thereof—your home’s energy consumption.

An inefficient house leaves you sweltering in the summer and shivering in the winter, and it leaves your wallet drained all year long. Fortunately, there are four steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.

Go green, literally. Plant trees around your home, particularly on the west-facing side. During the warmer months, leafy branches will block the heat-producing infrared radiation, and during the colder months, the bare branches will let that heat in. 

Screw in a new light bulb. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can save 75 percent of the electricity used by incandescent lights. These new energy-saving light bulbs cost just a little more, but they’ll save you much more money than the extra cost.

Do laundry smarter. Does your laundry machine have a medium setting? While it seems like an energy saver, in reality it’s not. The medium setting uses more than half the energy and water as the full setting. Wait until you have a full load. And when you do wash the laundry, don’t use the high temperature setting unless your clothes are very soiled. Water at that temperature is not much better at cleaning clothes, but it’s much better at sapping energy.

Schedule an energy audit. Professionals have specialized tools and skills to show you exactly where and how your home is losing its energy, and they’ll provide the solutions that make the most sense for your house and budget. Contact Atlas Butler and schedule an energy audit today.