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The Best Home Improvements That Lower Electric Bills

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The key goal of improving a home is to make it more beautiful and comfortable and, at the same time, increase resale value. One way to do that is to make your home energy-efficient. This is the best way to boost your home’s value and lower your carbon footprint. Some of the improvements you can make in your home to achieve that include the following:​

Have a Solar Panel Installed​


Hiking electricity costs are among the common reasons homeowners explore solar energy options. A recent survey shows that almost 83% of homeowners are looking to save cash on electric and utility bills, and their motivating factor is installing a solar panel.

Solar energy savings may vary based on the panel’s footprint, region, and season. Generally, through effective solar panel installation services, you can save up to $21,000 within ten years.​

Upgrade Insulation and Get Air Sealing​


Getting professional air sealing and updated attic insulation are effective ways to solve many energy issues, like cold air drafts, ice dams, and high cooling & heating bills.

Insulation wears over time, so it is important to install a new one regardless of whether your house was well-insulated.

If you also notice that air leaks start forming around light fixtures, plumbing, doors, windows, attic structures, and foundations, use professional air sealing to deal with the problem.​

Use Energy-Efficient Lights​


Changing to energy-efficient lights is the most effective and simplest improvement you can make in your home. Usually, traditional incandescent lighting consumes a lot of electricity, so you should replace it with more energy-efficient lights.

Also, energy-efficient bulbs like CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) and LED (Light Emitting Diode) can be useful. They use 90% less electricity and may last up to 15 years. This way, you will save on energy bills and replacing bulbs.​

Replace or Repair Your Roof​


Between freezing temperatures during winter and hot sun in the summer, your roof goes through a lot. If yours has been serving you for over 20 years, consider replacing it. If you also notice leaks or missing shingles, have it replaced or repaired.

When removing old shingles, opt for materials like sheet metal or clay rather than asphalt. They help to reflect heat instead of absorbing it, keeping your house cooler naturally. But if you don’t want to replace the roof, consider adding a cooler roof coating to reflect heat.​

Update the Windows & Doors​


Making windows and doors more energy-efficient can help lower your carbon footprint and minimize energy bills. Double glazing is one option, but costs depend on the style and materials.

For instance, PVC windows are cheaper, whereas hardwood frames cost a lot. By simply installing A-rated double glazing, you will save over $150 and minimize carbon emissions by 370kg every year.

If your budget allows, go for home updates such as installing a solar panel, replacing/repairing your roof, and upgrading windows/doors. However, if you have a tight budget, opt for cost-effective options, like using energy-efficient bulbs and getting air sealing.​
 
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