The second-highest expense for homeowners after the mortgage is the energy utility bill. For that reason, homeowners are always looking for a way to lower their energy bills. But is there a way to lower energy costs? When homeowners look for ways to save energy they ultimately save money. By following a few simple tips you can see some very nice annual savings.

The insulation and ventilation of the home can either increase or decrease the costs of monthly utilities. You can block gaps around windows and door frames by installing weather strips. Be sure to seal any cracks in the attic, crawlspace, and your basement with caulking spray foam. It’s also a good idea to cover bare floors with carpeting or rugs to keep the home insulated.

Drapes and curtains can add a beautiful touch to the home. But be sure that these added touches do not block air vents which can increase heating and cooling costs. If there is a fireplace in the home it’s a good idea to shut the damper when it’s not in use to keep warm air from leaving the house.

Attic insulation is another way to reduce energy costs. Most homes come equipped with 3 inches of insulation but it might be a good idea to upgrade to 12 inches to reduce both heating and cooling energy use.

By putting these few tips into practice you will be sure to see a decrease in your annual electricity expenses. Be vigilant about looking for ways to be more energy-efficient and you will lower your energy bill.