The start of a new year brings a clean slate and the opportunity to make significant improvements in your life. If you are like many people, one of your top resolutions for the new year is to save more money. Increasingly, making lifestyle changes that promote the health of the planet are worthy goals as well.
The good news is that you can work toward both of these resolutions at the same time when you focus on home improvements.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
If you think that it is more cost-effective to squeeze the life out of an old HVAC system, you may want to think again. Dramatic improvements in HVAC systems have resulted in equipment that is much more energy-efficient. If your HVAC unit is more than ten years old, an upgrade could save you several hundred dollars per year in energy costs. Given that older units may require more frequent repairs and that rebates may be available on a new central air unit, the benefits of retiring your old equipment and investing in an energy-efficient model are significant.
Seal Doors and Windows
Regardless of the age of your HVAC equipment, you can help it to work more efficiently by sealing doors and windows. The seals around these exterior features can deteriorate quickly, so re-sealing may be beneficial as an annual home maintenance project. Keep in mind that your HVAC system may be one of the largest consumers of energy in your home, and up to 30 percent of your home’s climate-control energy production may be lost through the doors and windows. For added benefit, head up to the attic to identify and seal other leaks that may also be impacting energy efficiency.
Replace Old Windows
If your home is a few decades old and if the windows have not yet been replaced, now may be the time to make the upgrade. Today’s windows are double-pane or triple-pane styles. Some windows have a special solar coating that adds further energy-saving benefits. Many older windows are damaged or warped, so they may leak air and contribute to energy loss even if you regularly re-seal them. You may save money on a window replacement project through rebates in some areas. In addition to reducing energy bills by replacing old windows, you may improve curb appeal, interior aesthetics, and property value.
Invest in New Appliances
Older appliances may also be unnecessarily contributing to high energy bills around the house. Up to 20 percent of your home’s overall energy consumption may be tied to the clothes dryer, central air system, refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. If your home’s appliances are older or lack the ENERGY STAR certification, it may be time for an upgrade. Keep in mind that there is variation in energy consumption among appliances with this rating, so compare the options carefully to ensure that you choose appliances that offer the maximum benefits.
Update Plumbing Features
The EPA has established water conservation standards for plumbing features like toilets, faucets, and showerheads. Products that carry a WaterSense certification comply with these standards. By upgrading these fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms, you may conserve water regularly without making adjustments to your bathing and cleaning habits. An upgrade may also improve property value and aesthetics.
Check for Leaks
If your faucet or toilet has a slow leak, now is the time to schedule plumbing repair services. These leaks may account for tens of thousands of gallons of wasted water. This directly impacts the environment as well as your utility bill. Some pipes in your home could have a hidden leak. For example, a small breach in a pipe in the foundation may go undetected for years. A plumbing inspection can reveal these hidden issues so that you can
Bottom line: As you can see, there are numerous improvements that you can make around the house that are beneficial for the environment and for your bank account. Take time to assess your home’s needs so that you can plan thoughtful improvement projects this year. Go Green Express Home Services is happy to help! To schedule an appointment, call (845) 253-4053.