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.
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.