Top 10 Green Home Improvements in 2010

A whopping 90 percent of home buyers said they considered heating and cooling bills important, according to The National Association of Realtors’ 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. The same report showed as many as 70 percent looking for homes with high-efficiency appliances, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report.

Adding fuel to that fire may be the fact that “Uncle Sam is now handing out tax credits worth up to $1,500 when you purchase certain energy-efficient home products,” says the article. But you have to act quickly: all tax credits expire at the end of this year.

So what are the biggest “green” home improvements/upgrades you can make? You can start by performing an energy audit. Then follow 9 other necessary steps to improve your home’s efficiency, from adding insulation to installing a programmable thermostat. Check out the interactive slideshow here.

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