The heat of summer can be taxing on your body and your wallet. At Power Home Remodeling Group, we recommend retrofitting areas of the home to be more energy efficient as an effective way to save energy and reduce the cost of owning your home. Retrofitting can be as simple as replacing old light bulbs or involve new appliances and new insulation.
While you may not think your home is wasting a lot of energy, consider this: according to the US Department of Energy, 80 percent of homes built before 1980 were built with insufficient insulation, and old dishwashers waste up to 6,700 gallons of water per year — enough water to run an efficient dishwasher for seven years!
Retrofitting areas of your home can be less expensive than a complete remodeling job, and being energy efficient could even save you money on your taxes. Below are some areas of your home, from light bulbs to insulation, where an investment could help you save both energy and money.
• Light Bulbs – According to ENERGY STAR, if every American home replaced just one light with an energy efficient CFL light bulb, enough energy would be saved to light 3 million homes for a year. With a cost of just over $2 per bulb, switching to CFL light bulbs is a very cost-effective and time-effective way to save.
• Appliances – Updating your home’s appliances to ENERGY STAR rated appliances can save you money on both your water and electric bill. A new clothes washer alone may save you thousands of gallons of water each year. If replacing your appliances is out of the question, be sure to keep them clean and in good repair to reduce energy waste.
• Windows – Energy efficient windows are better insulated, allowing a home to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. If homeowners are not able to replace their home’s windows, sealing cracks along the edges with caulk to reduce air leakage is a great alternative.
• Doors – Improperly sealed doors can allow air to easily escape. Installing a new door can provide more effective insulation than older ones. Adding or replacing old weather-stripping is another cost effective way to seal possible air leaks around an existing door.
• Insulation – According to the US Department of Energy, more than 50 percent of the energy used in a typical American home is for heating and cooling the air. Air often escapes through poorly insulated walls and attics creating a never-ending cycle of circulating air. Updating a home’s insulation can help to retain conditioned air and keep the home comfortable through the dog days of summer.
These tips can help you save money all year long, but now is a great time to act. Use the warm weather of summer as an opportunity to get out and make those little changes to your home that can make a big difference.
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