Green Home Upgrades That Will

Actually Save You Money

Energy experts call them “low-hanging fruit.” They are energy saving upgrades that offer outstanding ROI. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at some of the best green home improvements that will put money back in your pocket within two years.


Energy saved by switching from incandescent to LED bulbs.

Energy Saving
Monthly Savings


Monthly savings on heating and cooling after adding insulation, such as spray polyurethane foam, to your home.

18-24 Months

Time needed for a programmable thermostat to pay for itself.

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Home Savings


Average annual energy savings for air sealing and weatherizing a cold-climate, wood-framed home.


Amount of heating and cooling energy lost due to leaky ducts (Duct sealing is an inexpensive DIY fix.)

Leaky Duct Fixes
Pipe Insulation

1 Year

Payback time for hot water pipe insulation (DIY).


Monthly hot water bill savings from lowering your water heater temperature setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees F.

Hot Water Savings
Insulated Water

4-10 Months

Payback period for adding an insulated water heater blanket to an older water heater.


Lifetime water bill savings from installing a WaterSense-labeled low-flow toilet ($110 per year)

Water Savings
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2 Months

Payback period for an automatic rain sensor installed on an irrigation system using 30,000 gallons per month.