8. Think long-term
When Aliche bought a draughty older home, a contractor actually suggested that she install insulation—for $2,500. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money,’ but he said, ‘It’s going to be worth its weight in gold,’ and he was right,” she recalls.
“Before we even moved in, our heating bill was up to $500 a month. As soon as we insulated, our bill went down to $102 the next month. Now it’s under $120 monthly. Think about the lifetime savings of that simple step.”
You shouldn’t be scared of spending a big chunk of money on energy efficiency—your investment will pay off as soon as you will see the first bill.