Millions of American homeowners plan to remodel instead of move. If you plan to remodel your home, here are some of the most effective projects when it comes to recapturing more of your hard-paid dollars by lowering your home's energy usage.
The first one, though it won't show on the outside, is adding a layer of insulation to your attic. To decide if your home could use an upgrade, check to see how much you already have. If it's less than twelve inches, adding another layer will lessen your energy bills significantly.
Replacing wood windows with energy-efficient vinyl windows can also offer a relatively quick payback in energy costs. If the cost of replacing all your windows at once is beyond your budget, start by replacing south and west-facing windows first, to save on summer cooling costs. Then replace your east and north-facing windows to reduce heating expenses.
3. Furnace Filters
A very inexpensive upgrade is simply to change your furnace filter regularly. It can improve your cooling system's efficiency by as much as ten percent when combined with making sure your registers are clear, as well. You can save even more, while helping the environment by not having to recycle your old filter, by buying a washable filter for about $ 20, which can last for as long as five years if properly cared for.
Changing incandescent lighting to fluorescent can also provide a strong return on investment. For instance, replacing just one quarter of your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents can reduce your home's electricity usage by 50 percent. As energy costs continue to rise, this is a great way to fight back.
Finally, many of today's new appliances can save large amounts of energy when compared to their ancestors. …