Ideas for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient Without Breaking the Bank
April 12, 2017
An energy efficient home costs less to heat, cool, and power throughout the year, but many home upgrades can seriously break the bank. Here at EcoView Homes, we believe these four energy efficiency upgrades work well in all our Dallas townhomes for sale and won’t require you to take out another loan just for the improvements.
Call your utility company or local energy co-op to find out if you can qualify for a free or low-cost home energy audit. This will reveal drafts and air leaks around windows, doors, wall edges, and more. You’d be shocked at how drafty even a new home can be, and inexpensive sealed tapes and silicone caulk products solve the problem to save you hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the house.
Unless your home was designed with energy efficiency in mind, it likely has less than the ideal amount of insulation in the attic, under the floors, and in the walls. While adding insulation in the walls is tricky unless you’re using blown-in products, open attics and basements make it easy to lay a new layer of affordable batting or apply a thick coating of green spray foam.
Don’t forget that what you furnish your house with also plays a big role in the total energy efficiency of the home. If you’re relying on a 40-year-old furnace or using a refrigerator from the 1960s, you’re spending more on monthly electricity bills than necessary and heading for a host of expensive repairs. Replace older and inefficient appliances as soon as possible with Energy Star certified models, which means government testing established the products as energy efficient.
Finally, choose the most efficient heating and cooling equipment when building a new home or renovating an older one. Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling at a far greater efficiency than offered by both air conditioners and furnaces. They only work best in moderate climates, but they can be used with backup heat sources if temperatures only drop below freezing for a few weeks a year. The savings provided during the rest of the year will still justify the upfront cost of installation.
For more information on how you could make your home more energy efficient, contact us at EcoView Homes today.
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