When you’re striving to create a more energy-efficient home you should look at what upgrades will save you the most money while also adding the most value to your home. While you may want to start with some simple upgrades but these won’t add much to your property value, you shouldn’t overlook some of the larger upgrades.
Update to Appliances with Greater Energy Efficiency
Any home over 15-years-old should update their furnace and central air conditioning system because these systems are inefficient according to today’s standards. There are inexpensive options that will create an energy-efficient home for you. While making this improvement you should also seal around your doors and windows, add insulation, and improve your ductwork.
Add Ceiling fans to Your Home
Ceiling fans aren’t only there for decoration but also to create a breeze that helps circulate the air throughout your home all year long. They only cost a few cents per day, which is much less than the cost of running the heat and air conditioning.
Replace Kitchen Appliances
Many homeowners pay special attention to kitchen appliances and their energy efficiency. This is why many realtors will tell sellers to focus on remodeling this area. Since your refrigerator and oven will use a lot of energy, look for an Energy Star rated refrigerator and a convection oven. Not only will you add to your home’s energy efficiency you’ll also add to its resale value.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats enhance your home’s heating and cooling efficiency by achieving the best temperature for the least amount of money. This makes it so that you can turn the temperature down when nobody is home. All you have to do is program the thermostat and it’ll automatically take care of this for you.
Add More Insulation to Your Attic
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an energy-efficient home requires a certain amount of insulation that older homes simply don’t have. Since hot air rises most of the heat that’s lost in your home is lost therein. When you place an additional layer of insulation there you could save enough money to pay for the upgrade in just four or five years.
Seal Around Doors and Windows
Adding weather stripping or caulking around your windows helps eliminate drafts so your home costs less money to heat and cool. However, if you have older single-pane windows sealing around them may not be enough. This is because newer windows help with energy efficiency by regulating the indoor temperature and preventing air from escaping. For a truly energy-efficient home, you should opt for windows with wood frames as they don’t allow much air to escape.
Improve Your Water System
By replacing your old plumbing fixtures with new low-flow options you’ll use the correct amount of water for getting the job done. These are relatively inexpensive to install and will pay for themselves in just a few months. What’s even more valuable, but also more expensive, is upgrading your water heater. The best option here is a tankless water heater that produces water on demand instead of keeping your water hot at all times.
Get an Energy Audit to Check Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
These improvements will all result in a more energy-efficient home. Most will also make your home more valuable. However, you may still feel as though you’re missing something, which is where enlisting help from an energy auditor can be beneficial. They’ll conduct an inspection and recommend the best improvements to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Another option is instead of upgrading your old home, build a new, custom, energy-efficient home with the help of Vitale Homes in Tampa Bay, FL.
Vitale Homes builds new single-family homes in both large and small master-planned communities as well as self-developed neighborhoods throughout the Tampa Bay area, with a particular understanding of the Land o Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Hudson, New Port Richey, Odessa, and surrounding towns of Pasco and Pinellas counties. Whether this is your first home or twentieth home, you’ll experience the Vitale Difference of personalized customizations, exceptional included appointments and finishes, upgrades, and energy features often above industry standards and always above expectations.
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