How to Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency

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Are you interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, and more importantly, lowering your homeownership costs? Most everyone would answer yes. A better question that’s usually on your mind when considering home upgrades is whether or not they will create enough savings to justify the upgrade costs.


To help with your decision-making, we’re exploring some of the best and most common energy-efficient home upgrades, focusing on their initial cost compared to your potential savings.


Upgrade Your Windows

Most residential windows are designed for a lifespan of 15 to 30 years. If you haven’t changed your windows before, or not in a long time, you’ll notice your AC and heat running less with new, better-insulated windows. This will also help reduce one of your highest monthly costs: your electricity bill.

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting

If you’ve browsed through any energy-saving measures for your home, you’ve undoubtedly read about improving your lighting. Compared to upgrading and replacing fixtures, it’s a much less expensive endeavor.

Improve Your Water System

When most homeowners think about improving energy efficiency through their water system, their minds go right to heating. While that can result in some large savings, you’ll also want to consider managing the water supply itself.

You can reduce your water consumption dramatically by switching to low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads.

Update Your AC & Install A Smart Thermostat

Heating and cooling costs are easily the largest category of home electricity costs for most homeowners. If you’ve got an older HVAC system, it may be time to consider a more energy-efficient upgrade.

Before shopping for a new air conditioning system, though, we highly recommend having an energy assessment done.

 Replace High-Energy Appliances with More Efficient Versions

Pretty much everyone gets excited about new technology with fun and useful features. Thanks to major advancements in smart home technology and integration with intelligent assistants, home appliances are getting some significant and much-needed upgrades.

In addition to the exciting feature sets out there, appliances are as energy-efficient as ever.




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Comments (2)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329 very good report about how to improve a home's energy efficiency.

Aug 25, 2021 08:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lisa, great list for homeowners to do to save money on their utility bill! 

Aug 26, 2021 06:23 AM