Home Energy Improvements to Save Money and Go Green

Home energy improvements let you save on electricity bills while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Home energy concept: Hand holds model house in front of solar panels.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

You may have heard that homeowners can use generous home energy improvement tax incentives and rebates to install solar panels or insulate their homes. Such projects often pay for themselves within a few months or years, and buyers often highly value these home features. Less well-known is the use of Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS), a relatively new technology that is quickly catching on in some areas of the country.

As the U.S. relies more on electricity and less on fossil fuels like oil or gas, the fragility of electricity grids has become more apparent. For example, the 2021 Texas deep freeze overtaxed the state-run grid, causing a blackout for 4.5 million customers and 57 deaths. Such extreme weather, inflation, geopolitical unrest and demand growth have contributed to a 30% rise in electricity prices since 2021, according to the Consumer Price Index

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Erin Bendig
Personal Finance Writer

Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.