Archive for November, 2009

Energy Saving Home Improvements

The idea of saving money by making energy efficient home improvements is nothing new, but what is new is the amount of money you can save. This is especially true now that energy prices are spiraling upwards. When you combine this increased ability for saving money on your energy costs with the tax credits and grants you can get from government incentives you have the perfect motivation for anyone to make energy efficient home improvements.


With simple and low cost methods.

Energy Saving Home ImprovementsThe first place to start saving energy should always be with something simple or a basic improvement. This is because the whole point is to save money and not throw it away. It is fairly easy to spend more money than necessary for any home improvement let alone when you are trying to save energy at the same time. Therefore it is important to know how much you can spend versus how much you can save and how quickly you could recover your costs. This should be obvious but this first step is often missed.

As you think through the different ideas for saving energy listed below, don’t get stuck thinking about the initial expense or labor involved. This is because in the long run the benefits will always exceed the initial cost and effort. When you look at these improvements from the end perspective, the expenses and tasks can become enjoyable. Plus you know that saving energy is helping our planets environment.

– Replace all incandescent bulbs with CFL’s (compact florescent lights) or LED’s
– Install water saving shower heads
Energy Saving Home Improvements– Replace computer power strips with Energy Saving Smart Power Strips
– Install programmable thermostats with winter settings no greater than 68 degrees and summer settings no less than 74 degrees
– Replace weather stripping on older doors and windows
– Caulk any cracks around windows, doors, siding, etc.
– In hotter climates, install curtains or shades on southern and western facing windows and close them during the afternoon until the sun sets
– In cooler climates, be sure to open southern and western facing shades or curtains during the day to allow the sun’s free energy in. Close them once the sun sets.
– Seal off unused windows and wall cavities in basements and attics
– Insulate hot water and heating pipes in your basement or any unconditioned space
– Replace filters twice annually in your forced air heating and air conditioning systems
– Turn off televisions when not being viewed
Energy Saving Home Improvements– Replace bathroom exhaust wall switches with 30 to 60 minute timer switches
– Wrap your water heater and/or boiler with an insulation blanket if it’s older than 10 years.
– Replace conventional dryer vent with a dryer vent seal
– Don’t run your clothes dryer on very cold nights or on extremely hot and humid afternoons

Some of these suggestions cost absolutely nothing all you have to do is change one of your habits. Most of them cost less than $100 each. But it is amazing how significant the saving is that they will bring throughout the year.

Now that you have taken care of the basic energy saving improvements, you can start thinking about and working towards some more expensive energy saving home improvements. Some of these are; increasing your home’s level of insulation, replacing doors and windows (this is bigger), upgrading your heating and cooling system (this is bigger yet).

Overall, you can significantly reduce your energy usage and significantly reduce your carbon footprint. You will also start enjoying a greener home, lifestyle and saving money with the energy saving changes you have made.

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