There are many different ways to make your home more efficient.
Cervone, Deegan + Associates knows that as we are coming out of the colder weather months you may reflect back on some higher energy bills. For any of you who may wish to increase your home’s energy efficiency, here are some helpful ideas that you may want to consider putting those tax returns towards. Some may have a high ROI as well when it comes time for you to sell!
New windows have multiple benefits. They can enhance the look of your home, help reduce energy costs, they may cut down on outside noise and can be a selling point when you decide to list your home. Window replacement is typically one of the upgrades that you can recoup a higher ROI for on a resale.
Energy Star Appliances
Newer appliances can use up to 40% less energy than ones a decade or older which is substantial. New kitchen appliances can often be purchased in packages which can be a great way to give your kitchen a facelift too!
Weatherstripping is one of those things that doesn’t cost much but makes a big difference. Seal up all of your drafts and gaps in your exterior doors. Stripping can be added to the sides and top of doors while sweeps can be installed on the bottom.
Water heaters are among one of the bigger energy drains in one’s home. You can upgrade to an energy star rated model for some savings or better yet opt for a tankless model and only pay to heat the water that you use. These are typically more expensive up front but save on operating costs and you won’t run out of hot water if a family member takes a longer shower than normal!
Homes with garage doors tend to get overlooked as a source of energy loss. Many homes will have rooms above or adjacent to the garage that may have spillover energy loss. Therefore, making sure you have a good, energy-efficient garage door will help lower your bills while making it easier to regulate your home’s temperature.
Attic heat loss is among the bigger culprits for most homes and one of the easiest ways to improve efficiency is to use spray foam insulation. Be sure to alert buyers if you have done this as most won’t tour your attic. Share your lower utility bill averages too while you prove home efficiency.