5 Best Home Improvement Projects for Energy Efficiency
By NOPEC on March 31, 2020
Are you struggling to pay for your utility bill? While it's easy to accept defeat and fork over the money, there are a number of home improvement projects you can do to lower your energy costs. Even small fixes, like changing the light bulbs in your home, can make a difference to your usage. Here is a list of some of the best home improvement projects for energy efficiency:
Tune-Up and Maintain HVAC Systems
A typical household will spend roughly a third of its annual energy budget on heating and cooling costs. Save money by keeping your HVAC systems in good condition with routine maintenance and care. ENERGY STAR has a Heating and Cooling Guide that helps you keep your equipment working efficiently. It even helps you decide when it may be time to replace your old equipment with energy-efficient alternatives.
Need a quick DIY home improvement project? Swap out the lighting in your home. Incandescent and even CFL lights can’t compare to energy-efficient LED bulbs. While they are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, LEDs can last up to 25,000 hours. They also use much less energy when compared to either incandescent or CFL bulbs.
Adding more insulation to your attic is a fast and cost-effective home improvement project that can improve your energy efficiency. Proper insulation is not only important for preventing heat loss in the winter, but also for keeping it cooler in the summer months. And while adding insulation to your attic may sound like a daunting home improvement project, it’s easy when you have a few tips from an expert.
Evaluate Your Appliances
It’s well known that old appliances contribute to massive amounts of wasted energy. Knowing that appliances account for 15% of your household energy consumption, switching to newer, energy-efficient appliances can save you a lot of money.
However, considering the cost, buying energy-efficient appliances should probably be done in conjunction with another large home renovation project like a kitchen remodel, for instance. But if you have an old energy-guzzling appliance that needs replacing anyway, it’s a great time to look for an efficient ENERGY STAR appliance.
Inspect Windows and Doors
If you’re looking to reduce your heat loss by 25%-50%, a great energy-efficient home improvement project to look at is replacing your windows and doors.
It’s not necessary to completely replace all of your windows and doors in order to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Even just replacing an old door with a newer storm door will help to make your home more energy-efficient. It may not be feasible to replace your windows, but there are window upgrades and updates you can make that will greatly increase their energy efficiency.
When looking for home improvement ideas, many people don’t understand why energy upgrades like energy-efficient windows and adding more insulation are crucial to improving their homes. But with a little research, they soon realize that the financial and environmental benefits of energy-efficient home improvement projects outweigh the costs of simply vanity improvement projects.
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