Moving to a new home involves many steps - make sure that energy improvements are on your to-do list. The U.S. Department of Energy has put together an EnergySavers guide that provides tips on how to cut your energy usage. Energy Efficient Appliances If you are making a household move and plan to buy new appliances that are energy efficient. When you buy an appliance, make sure it has a yellow ENERGY STAR® to let you know it is energy efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy sets guidelines for energy efficiency, and the ENERGY STAR® label shows a passing grade. Appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label use 20-40+% less energy than comparable appliances that don't have one. Energy efficient water heaters, furnaces and air conditioning units also have the yellow label. Energy Efficient Improvements It will also be beneficial to ensure there is adequate insulation in the attic, crawlspace or basement. Don't let the cold/warm air escape from your home - upgrade to energy efficient double-pane glass windows. You can check the Department of Energy website ( to see if you can get government incentives. Low Cost Energy Improvements If the post-move budget is tight, you should at least consider making some more affordable energy improvements. Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down the AC/heat while you are away at work. Your home can use many light bulbs - make sure that are of the energy efficient variety (i.e. CFL/LED bulbs). A few bucks spent on caulk or expansion foam can go a long way to reducing drafts from outside pipes, wires and vents.

Taking the proactive measures mentioned above will repay themselves year after year in lower utility bills.