Summer is the perfect time for home improvements and renovations. But rather than going for aesthetic improvements, many homeowners are opting for projects that will improve home energy-efficiency and lessen their utility bills.
Here are a few ideas for household alterations that you can employ for increased home energy efficiency:
- Bulbs – A super simple and small part of home improvement is switching from conventional to LED light bulbs. This is also a relatively inexpensive switch to make, as most LED bulbs cost less than $10, and last longer than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.
- Energy Audit – First thing is first when it comes to energy efficiency: You need to know which parts of your home need improvement. With a home energy audit, a professional will conduct an inspection of windows, doors, insulation and heating and cooling systems so you know which parts of your home are not generating or storing energy effectively.
- Windows – Properly installed, double-paned windows will help you to retain a comfortable temperature in your home. According to Wall St. Cheat Sheet, “Many homes have single-pane windows, which don’t effectively protect against extreme weather conditions. This causes the house to flux in temperature and air to leak out.”