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Oct 18 2016

Affordable Home Efficiency: What Improvements Can You Make?

October 18, 2016

By Paul Deniken at Dadknowsdiy.com

Home energy efficiency is one of the biggest topics among homeowners and builders. Most homeowners are more aware of the detrimental effects of energy waste on the planet compared to just a few years ago and want to do their part to help. While replacing all of your appliances with Energy Star options will help reduce your energy consumption, most people cannot afford to buy all new appliances. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can start to make your home as efficient as possible. Here are a fewpaul projects that will help you start to reduce your energy consumption today.

Seal Your Ducts
The air ducts in your home carry warm or cool air to keep your house comfortable. When these ducts crack or spring leaks, some of the energy needed to cool or heat the home is being wasted. A few cracks in a poorly sealed duct may not seem like a big deal but in actuality, improperly sealed ducts can cost you hundreds of dollars over the year. The energy waste also is certainly not helping your home’s eco-friendly factor.
To resolve this issue, you can purchase a sealant and give your ducts a new coat, paying particular attention to any cracks or gaps in the previous seal.

Try Some Low Flow Devices
Water waste is a major problem among American households. Toilets and shower heads waste water at an unprecedented rate, while appliances like dishwashers and washing machines are certainly not helping the situation either. Of course, replacing all of these fixtures at once is a costly proposition. Instead, you might consider some of the cheaper ways to cut your water waste.
Low-flow shower heads can run as cheap at $10 while things such as faucet aerators are even less expensive. These are easy to install and will noticeably save you money. A low-flow toilet is a fairly low-cost expense as far as new fixtures go and will be one of the best ways to reduce your home’s water usage as well as the accompanying bill.

Install Solar Panels
Admittedly, solar panels are not a cheap improvement. The upfront cost can enter into the thousands depending on the size of your setup. However, if you calculate the amount of money these panels will save you, solar panels are a worthwhile investment in the long run. The average household will save anywhere between $40 to almost $200 each month by installing solar panels and relying on solar energy. Even if you are only able to afford a small setup, any solar power used—for example, you might simply choose to heat your pool using solar–is a start to making your home more efficient, less expensive, and more eco-friendly.
Improving your home’s efficiency will not only save you money on bills, but it will also greatly increase your home’s resale value. If you’re advertising upgraded appliances or fixtures that will save your prospective buyers money in the long run, buyers are often willing to pay a little more upfront to reap these benefits. Plus, they avoid having to take on the work themselves of making eco-friendly upgrades to their new home. Meanwhile, you are able to enjoy the monetary and eco-friendly benefits of your newly efficient home without breaking the bank.
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