Go Green and Save With These (Home)Smart Renovations!

You put a lot of time and effort into taking care of your home. After all, it's the place your family goes for protection, comfort, and good times. And let's not forget how large an investment your home is! You want those walls, windows, appliances, and everything else that makes a house a home to last for years to come.

As a homeowner, you recognize that there's a lot you can do to help the environment, save energy and water, and preserve the planet. A few home renovation projects can ensure that your carbon footprint shrinks dramatically, but did you know that these renovations can also save you money and improve your home's longevity?

Read on to learn more about four fantastic "go green" renovation projects that will help you save.

Green Tip #1: Insulate Your Attic
Keeping warm during the cold winter months can get expensive, especially if you have a larger home or lots of windows. And every time you turn up the dial on your thermostat, you use even more energy to keep your home comfortable. You can end up burning quite a bit of money in the process, especially when heating oil and natural gas prices go up each year.

Unfortunately, much of your home's warm air seeps outside through thin walls and windows. But if you insulate your attic and use the latest insulation technology, you can save both energy and money while still keeping your family cozy and warm.

Warmth escapes through an uninsulated attic extremely quickly (in fact, over 40% of your home's warmth goes through the ceiling), but with blown-in attic insulation, your home retains much more of its internal temperature.

This tip won't just help in the wintertime-your home will be cooler during the summer with attic insulation as well. All in all, you could save up to 15% of your energy bill each year.

Green Tip #2: Use a Programmable Thermostat
Why keep your home at a nice, comfortable 72 degrees when no one is even home? Heating or cooling your home when no one is around to enjoy it can waste a lot of energy.

A programmable thermostat will allow you to avoid over-heating or over-cooling your home while everyone is asleep or out of the house. You can program your thermostat to drop your home's temperature by 15 degrees while you're away at work, and then have the house comfortable and warm again by the time you get home.

The US Department of Energy reports that homeowners save about 10% on their heating bill when they program their thermostat to save energy during the day. You can shave off a bit more if you lower the temperature of your house while everyone is asleep as well.

Programmable thermostats are quite inexpensive, and the savings you'll find in cash and energy are reason enough to arrange your installation today.

Green Tip #3: Consider Solar
If your energy bill is out of hand and you're concerned about your home's carbon footprint, it may be time to consider installing a solar panel system.

After its installation, your solar equipment becomes less expensive with each passing year, especially because you can receive tax incentives for using it in your home. Residential solar panels can heat your water, provide electricity, and heat your home, all while reducing carbon emissions and saving you money long-term.

Many people consider solar power the fuel of the future. With its environmentally friendly energy production and great monetary savings, it makes sense. More and more technicians are learning how to install and repair solar equipment, and in many cases, the equipment is less expensive than what you might imagine.

Green Tip #4: Seal Your Home
You lose a lot of heat inside your home each day to cracks in the walls, especially along the edges of windows and doors. In fact, the National Resources Defense Council says that there are enough cracks in an average American home to create a 3' x 3' hole in a wall. If you want to improve your home's carbon footprint, it's time to caulk those cracks.

You can find inexpensive caulk at any home improvement store, but there are more cracks in your home than meet the eye. One important place to look for cracks is in your duct system. If your ductwork is more than a few years old, it will have lots of cracks that leak warm air as the air circulates throughout your home.

To ensure that you find all of the cracks and improve your home's energy use, contact your heating specialist. Specially trained technicians know where to look to find cracks and leaks that cost you money and energy.

As you make these renovations in your home, you'll be surprised by how much money you'll save on your energy bill each month. You'll also rest easy knowing that you've treated your home right and helped make the world a little greener.

Contact your home energy specialist to learn more.

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