New Year's ResolutionsA New Year's resolution is a commitment a person makes to themselves to do something better this year than the last, it's a new beginning for a new year. Why not make a New Year's Resolution for your home? One suggestion would be to improve the energy efficiency of your home. You can not only save energy dollars but also improve the comfort level and curb appeal of your home. According to the EPA, "in 2008, Americans saved more than $19 billion and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 29 million cars through choices they made with energy-saving measures and energy-efficient homes." So why not make this resolution saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint on the world.
5 Projects to Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolution of Increased Home Energy Efficiency
1 - Lighting and Electrical
and start saving money immediately.
There are several small practices that you can do today to make your home more energy efficient
Change your light bulbs to Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs.
Unplugging electrical appliances when not in use.
Whenever old appliances are in need of replacement, choose an Energy Star rated new appliance.
2 - Energy Audit
An Energy Audit provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall efficiency of your home, as well as pinpoints the exact areas where energy loss occurs. The auditor will create a customized, professional air sealing and insulation strategy to increase your home’s efficiency, decrease heating and cooling costs, and maximize your return on investment.
3 - Air Sealing and Insulation
Investing in air sealing and insulation will be a little more costly than a bit of weather stripping, but according to the EPA, this improvement reduces annual heating and cooling costs by an average of 20 percent.
4 - Replacement Windows, Entry Doors and/or Garage Doors
It’s now time to get serious with your New Year’s resolution with replacement windows and doors. As much as 10 to 25 percent of your central heat is can be lost through old, leaky windows and doors. Replacing the old windows and doors with Energy Star rated replacements will save money immediately on energy bills.
5 - New Siding
New siding gives curb appeal a big boost by making a fresh first impression. In addition, carefully selected siding can improve the energy efficiency of the home, resulting in a more beautiful, comfortable and cost effective household.
These 5 energy efficient home improvements will make your home more beautiful, efficient and comfortable - all while saving you money on energy bills.