Monique O'Grady: One of the best ways to make sure you are not wasting money on your energy bills is to have a properly insulated and sealed home.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, typical homes have so many leaks; it's like having a window open all the time during the winter and summer. But, you can fix that with proper installation.
From your attic to crawl spaces, walls and floors, learn about where insulation is needed. Some jobs you should hire a contractor to install and other small insulation projects you can do yourself.
If you are installing insulation yourself make sure to apply it evenly with no hills and valleys. As a general rule the attic is the best place to start. But even with great insulation there can be air leaks in your home that should be sealed with cocking and weather stripping.
So look at your windows, doors, wall cracks and outlets, gaps in your home that let outside air in and conditioned air out make your air conditioners and heaters work harder, consuming more energy and wasting money.
By insulating and sealing air leaks you can save around 20% on your energy bills that can add up to around $1000 a year. And another big perk, your house will be more comfortable. So every one wins when you change your drafty home to a sealed up one.