Energy-Efficient Home Improvements
The most energy-efficient your house is, the lower you will spend on heating and cooling it. And this alone can make quite a difference over time. Take your central air conditioning system, for instance. The average unit lasts about thirteen years, which means that if yours is already nearing that end, it might pay to replace it with an energy-efficient model.
One of the best ways to keep your energy efficient
is to have your windows and doors insulated. If you do not, you should install them. Energy-efficient windows to keep heat from escaping and allow some of it to escape, in keeping with the thermostat’s design. Newer windows can be more expensive, but even old ones can be replaced with newer ones. In fact, many new houses now have double-paned windows that are more energy-efficient than single panes. In older homes, however, these windows may be all that existent, and homeowners will have to go with whatever they can afford.
Another of the many energy-efficient improvements
that you can make in your existing home involves upgrading your appliances to newer models. Your appliances have a large impact on your utility bills. If your furnace, air conditioner, and refrigerator are not energy efficient, your utility bills will be much higher. Upgrading these three items to newer models will not only save you money on your utility bills but will also allow you to get better use out of each one.
Your third stop on the efficient improvements road trip
is to hire a professional home energy auditor to give you a general energy evaluation. An energy evaluation will tell you what percent of your total household power is being spent on heating and cooling, lighting, cooling, and other utility bills. The cost of these services can vary greatly, and you must shop around before hiring someone. Be sure to find an independent professional who has plenty of experience, as well as tools to measure everything that you need. A good energy auditor will be able to give you a very complete energy analysis report that will allow you to make the necessary changes to lower your bills.
One other area where you can save money on your utility bills
is by improving the insulation in your home. If your walls and windows are not properly insulated, you can expect your energy costs to skyrocket. Even if you don’t want to change your entire home structure, installing some new insulation will pay off in lower utility bills. If your insulation is damaged, however, you will still need to make some structural changes to improve your insulation’s effectiveness. This is often referred to as remodeling and is generally less costly than replacing your windows or walls.
These are some of the more obvious and common ways
that you can save money on energy-efficient home improvements. Of course, there are many other less noticed ways to make substantial savings on utility bills. For example, replacing certain appliances can make a huge difference in your monthly utility costs. For instance, replacing fridges and freezers with newer models that have better energy efficiency can provide you with serious savings. However, it is usually best to consult an appliance technician before making any major changes to your appliances.