Four Great Bang-For-The-Buck Energy-Saving Investments for Your Home
If you’re like most people, you’re probably throwing money out the window this summer – and all year long – because of energy inefficiencies in your home.
If you’re looking to make an investment in your family’s comfort – and in the long-term value of your home – here are four of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
- Add insulation – Under-applied insulation accounts for nearly one-third of the air cold and hot hair that escapes from your home. Upgrading from three to 12 inches of insulation in your attic can cut cooling costs in your home by 10 percent, and heating costs by 20 percent.
- Install a programmable thermostat – By changing settings when no one is home, a programmable thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by 10 percent or more. Affordable and easy to use and install, thermostats are a no-brainer way to save money every month.
- Replace single pane windows – If your budget allows it, consider replacing single plane windows with high efficiency Energy Star™-rated windows. The switch can reduce energy loss by more than 20 percent, saving you up to $340 a year and keeping your home more comfortable.
- Upgrade your A/C system – If your home cooling system is more than 10-12 years old, consider replacing it with a modern, high-efficiency model. Air Conditioning technology has come a long way since the turn of the millennium; a new, properly maintained A/C system can cut your cooling bills by as much as 40 percent.
Contact Bolkema today for more great ideas for how to save energy and money throughout the year, including FREE estimates on equipment installations and upgrades!