We all want our homes to look presentable to guests who visit and potential buyers when weâ€™re ready to sell. We also want to feel good about our home â€“ our investment â€“ in general. By making some energy efficient home improvements, you can improve how your home looks, save money, and feel good about your investment.
According to a report by Harvard University, buyers are willing to pay up to 10% more for a green home. But you donâ€™t just have to be selling your home to see the benefits of going green. Replacing old windows and doors will improve energy efficiency by minimizing heat gain and loss during summer and winter months, respectively. This can save hundreds of dollars annually on your electricity bill. There are many other ways to improve your home and save some green while going green.
- Solar Water Heater â€“ Solar water heating systems use 50% to 80% less energy than a standard heater. They can lower your energy bill by 10% to 15% annually. They are more costly to install, but most homeowners recover the cost of their investment within a few years. Also, a solar water heater may qualify you for a tax credit equal to up to 30% of the cost of the unit.
- Phase Out Incandescent Lights â€“ The federal government passed a law in 2012 effectively banning incandescent lights that range from 40 to 100 watts. The law requires all these incandescent bulbs be phased out by 2014, but you can start phasing them out now. Start switching over to energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs now and start seeing the savings.
- Add Skylights â€“ Adding or upgrading to an ENERGY STAR rated skylight can cut utility costs by eliminating the need for artificial lights during the day. Skylight manufacturer Velux claims installing a solar powered fresh air skylight can improve energy efficiency by up to 37% and qualify you for more tax credits. During the winter months, skylights also allow more warmth from sunlight to enter your home, further reducing your energy needs.
- Replace Old HVAC Systems â€“ According to ENERGY STAR, 50% of energy consumption in the typical American home goes to heating and cooling the house. Updating your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system with newer and more efficient systems can drastically reduce energy costs.
- Upgrade Windows and Doors â€“ ENERGY STAR rated windows will keep your home air-tight and help keep costs down by preventing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Weather stripping your doors will also prevent drafts and lower your energy costs as well.
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