Having a more efficient home will not only save you money on your electric bill now, it will also add to your property value in the future. If you are considering making your home more energy efficient, there are a few key renovations to make.
Install High Efficiency Windows
By replacing your old windows with high efficiency models, your home becomes more insulated and thus, more efficient. Since high efficiency windows keep heating and cooling inside your home, it will reduce the amount of energy your heating and cooling unit will utilize. This renovation will dramatically increase your energy efficiency.
If you have air leaks around your doors or windows, you will usually be able to notice by putting your hand around the area and feeling for a draft. If you desire to live more energy efficiently, it is vital that you plug these leaks. Most air leaks are around doors and windows, and in basements. You can seal the leaks with weather stripping or caulk. Another way your home can leak air, causing a higher energy bill, is by not being properly insulated. Most homes lack adequate insulation in the attic.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
By installing a programmable thermostat, you can save around 10% on your heating and cooling bills year round. Programmable thermostats can be adjusted to alter the temperature in your house up to four times a day. This will make your home more efficient because your heating or cooling system will not be running while you are not at home.
Solar Roof Panels
An excellent energy efficient renovation for your home is to install solar roof panels. These are a great addition to your home because they absorb solar energy and convert it to electricity. Not only is this a great way to increase your home efficiency, it is also eco-friendly. Using solar energy will decrease your electric bill each month and it could also may produce more energy than your home uses. In this case, you could receive a credit with the electric company.
Energy Efficient Heating/Cooling Units
Deciding to replace your current heating and cooling unit with an energy efficient model will dramatically reduce the amount of energy used. On average, half of the energy used within your home is from heating and cooling. Energy efficient units will also aide in decreasing your electric bill and will raise the value of your home. Also, it is important to change your air filter on average, every three months. If your filter is dirty then it will slow down the air flow and cause your heating and cooling unit to work harder, which ultimately costs you more energy and money.
If you decide to undergo home renovations or just want more information, give RH Homes a call. We offer free consultations and our trained professionals are happy to help you with all your renovation needs.