Thinking about remodeling your home? Then it may be the perfect time to start thinking about how you can improve its energy efficiency. Though it may not be the first thing on your mind when you’re ready to expand your kitchen or put finally put that bathtub in – yet making your home more sustainable can greatly reduce your energy bills and provide better functionality overall.
To help, we’ve compiled a list of 5 simple tips that can help you reduce energy costs when you’re ready to remodel your home.
- Update to energy-efficient appliances. Older appliances tend to be energy-suckers, and often leave you paying extremely high energy bills. Consider purchasing newer, more energy-efficient appliances to help you cut costs.
- Invest in smart power strips and surge protectors. With the advancement in technology, comes an increase in the use of electronics. From TVs and computers, to tablets and cell phones, high electronic usage, means high energy usage. Consider plugging your devices into smart power strips or use surge protectors to avoid overpaying monthly on your bill.
- Repair or replace your roof. Making repairs to your roof can make a huge impact on your energy bill. From simple repairs like adding new shingles or a heat repelling coating, to major changes like replacing your roof altogether, you can cut costs and greatly improve the sustainability of your home.
- Update HVAC system. Similar to getting rid of outdated appliances and replacing them with more energy-efficient ones, updating your HVAC system can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your home and create long-term savings.
- Window repair and replacement. Adding insulation and improving sealing properties on your windows throughout your home will keep your HVAC system from working overtime, and in the end, save you money.