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Home Improvement Tips to Save Energy

Whether you’re looking for ways to improve the way your home looks or to make it more energy efficient, it’s always best to find out how to do it right and get the most out of your time and money. These home improvement tips can show you how to start saving energy right away.

1. Use energy saving lamps instead of incandescent bulbs. Energy Star qualified light bulbs such as CFLs use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs.

2. Check your heating and cooling system, including the furnace, air conditioner, and heat pump). Be sure to seal your ducts. Leaky ducts make your heating and cooling systems less efficient and you’ll end up with higher utility bills. You can save up to 20% on energy with this home improvement tip.

3. Purchase and install a programmable thermostat. This will let you automatically adjust the temperature at your home when you are away.

4. Check the weather stripping around your windows, doors, garage, etc. Make sure your home is sealed and insulated to reduce heating and cooling costs.

5. If you’re in the market for replacement windows, install Energy Star labeled windows. Energy saving windows can dramatically lower your utility bills.

6. Is your refrigerator more than 10 years old? It’s time to get a new one. Refrigerators (and freezers) account for a substantial share of your electricity bill. An Energy Star qualified refrigerator
uses 50% less electricity than an old, conventional model.

7. When it’s time to replace your washing machine, replace it with an Energy Star compliant model. You will be able to use 50% less water and up to 70% less energy. Whenever possible, wash your clothes with cold water.

8. Here’s another home improvement tip that doesn’t cost much. Use curtains, blinds and drapes to help you save energy and money. In winter, open the blinds, drapes and curtains in the morning to let the sunlight in. Close them at night to help keep the warm air in.

9. Landscaping can improve your home’s looks while saving energy. Shrubs and trees in strategic locations can protect your home from frigid winter winds and block out the hot summer sun.

10. You won’t have to invest a lot of money for this home improvement tip but you’ll get a lot of savings in return. Purchase a hot water insulation kit from your local home improvement center and wrap it around your water heater. You’ll save on water heating costs.

11. Consider installing your own renewable energy system. A solar or wind energy system can help you reduce your utility bills.

Home Improvement Tips Save Energy

Are you trying to save money? These home improvement tips will help you save money by saving energy at home. Make your home more energy efficient and you can lower your energy bill.

Improve The Energy Efficiency of Your Windows

The right windows can significantly improve the energy savings of your home. When shopping for new windows, look for low E coating and an Energy Star rating. Double panes and energy efficient material mean more energy savings. Once you’ve chosen the right windows for your home and climate, make sure they are installed properly in order to maximize their energy efficiency.

You may not need, or be able to afford, new windows. You may just need to improve your current ones. Window treatments like window tinting, solar screens, blinds, curtains and shutters will increase energy efficiency by keeping out unwanted cold and heat. Note: window treatments on the outside of the window will be more effective because they will keep the cold and heat from ever entering your home in the first place.

Try Solar

Solar energy won’t use any electricity so it won’t effect the energy bill. It’s free and environmentally friendly. If you live anywhere that gets any sun, you can use solar. If you live somewhere really sunny, you might be able to use solar all the time. If not, using solar part of the time will still save energy and money.

Solar works great for outdoor lighting. Solar decorative lights and security lighting are fairly inexpensive and easy to maintain. Solar is also popular for home heating and for heating outdoor swimming pools.

Get A New Roof

This is a big home improvement project! A good roof is crucial for home energy efficiency and safety. The actual roof itself, of course, is important but so is the company you choose to install it. Ask lots of questions, get quotes from at least three different companies and get everything in writing!

Look for an Energy Star rating, a material that is appropriate for your home and climate and definitely look into any financial incentives such as rebates or tax incentives. Check eligibility carefully before you start on a new roof to make sure you don’t miss anything. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your contractor and accountant.