5 Home Improvements That Will Lower Your Energy Costs
If you’re thinking about doing some home improvement projects take a look at our list of the best projects to undertake. Once you’ve decided on a project contact us to see if you can refinance your mortgage using the equity in your home to pay for the home improvements. The rate you get with your mortgage is usually significantly lower than any line of credit or other financing options available.
Water is a major contributor to rising costs of energy in a home. We cannot talk about home improvements without considering improving the energy consumption costs. You can make your home more energy efficient through the purchase and installation of low-flow water fixtures, such as tap or shower heads from any home improvement store. There are inexpensive and very easy to install.
This could be done in several ways. You can insulate your home by switching to double glazed windows and well-sealed doors, sealing air leaks around the home. Insulating or relaying of your walls, floors or the basement is an inexpensive and smart way to improve your home without breaking the bank.
Upgrade your electrical appliances like; the dishwasher, washing machine, air conditioners, and water heaters. These are all high energy appliances that can add to your energy cost. These are appliances we use every day but readily overlook during home improvements. There are many low energy appliances available on the market.
Solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to provide electricity. Consider installing these if your home doesn’t currently use them. The technology behind solar panels is constantly improving and now solar panels are cheaper than they were a few years ago. They can go a long way to improving the energy efficiency of your home when installed.
Replace or install smart devices. This technology has become more popular due to its energy-saving properties over a conventional thermostat. They are smart enough to turn off the heat or air conditioning when nobody is home and to regulate the temperature to occupied rooms only.