Energy Saving Home Improvement Upgrades To Save You Money

With the rise of energy costs, it’s more important than ever to be proactive about improving the energy efficiency of our homes. Being smart about the upgrades you make to your home can help significantly reduce your energy consumption and lower utility bills.

Let’s delve into some practical improvements and upgrades you can make to easily improve your home’s energy efficiency.

UPGRADING INSULATION

Updating (or upgrading) your insulation is the most impactful way you can get some energy savings into your home.

When your home is properly insulated, you create a thermal barrier that prevents the transfer of heat between the interior and exterior spaces. Upgrading the insulation in your attic, basement, and walls can play a pivotal role in reducing your energy consumption, saving you money on heating and cooling costs, and improving your overall indoor comfort.

Before running out and replacing your insulation, assess your current levels in your walls (if possible), attic, and basement. If your insulation is inadequate or it has deteriorated, it’s time to replace or supplement your current material. While insulation can be added DIY, hiring a professional ensures you install the material properly and that you’re sticking to building codes.

Insulation comes in many forms including fiberglass, cellulose, spray foam, and rigid board. Each has its own application and is suitable for different parts of your home. Choose materials that meet the R-value and durability you need for the area you’re upgrading. Focus on the areas of your home that are most prone to energy loss, such as ductwork, gaps around pipes, and attic hatches.

WINDOWS

Windows should be a critical first stop when looking at components of your home to upgrade for energy efficiency. Swapping your old windows for new Energy Star windows can lower your household energy bill by an average of 12%!

Updated windows can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs by minimizing heat transfer during winter and summer. By maintaining a constant indoor temperature, new windows can also improve the comfort of your home all year!

Here are a few things to look for when updating your windows.

Energy Star Rating: Choose windows that carry the Energy Star rating when possible. This certification ensures the windows meet strict energy performance guidelines set by the EPA.

Insulated Glass: Consider windows with double- or triple-pane glass and a low-emissivity coating. These windows minimize heat transfer and enhance the thermal insulation between your home and the outdoors.

Frame Materials: Research the different window frame materials (wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and composite) to find the right windows for your needs and budget.

EXTERIOR DOORS

Doors don’t just let us in and out of our homes, they let hot and cold air transfer in and out!

Upgraded doors provide improved insulation between one of the biggest openings in our home and, like windows, they reduce heat transfer and improve indoor comfort. If you have older doors, updated ones can increase the security of your home, reduce noise from outside, and enhance your curb appeal.

Here’s what to consider when choosing new doors.

Material: Similar to windows, the type of material for your new door matters. Energy-efficient materials include fiberglass, steel, and wood with a high insulation value.

Glass Panes: Many exterior doors include glass as part of their design. When selecting a door with glass, opt for double- or triple-pane insulated glass with a low-E coating, This will help minimize heat transfer and improve energy efficiency.

Energy Star Rating: Doors also are rated with an Energy Star label. Energy Star-rated doors typically feature an insulated core and offer windows with high-performance glazing.

ADD A STORM DOOR

Storm doors are an often overlooked addition to a home to increase energy efficiency and the overall comfort of your home. These exterior doors add beauty as well as a first line of defense against the elements for your home.

Many storm doors come with a UV coating that can protect your door against the harmful rays of the sun. This is especially useful if you have an older door that’s in good shape and you want to keep it that way! As a bonus, the glass on storm doors traps heat, which creates added insulation.

Some storm doors come with adjustable screens, which allow you to let fresh air into your home while keeping insects and debris out!

UPDATE YOUR LIGHTING

For a quick and easy way to start saving money, walk around your home and identify any lightbulbs that need to be replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs. The technology used in LED bulbs allows them to last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs while using up to 90% less energy!

INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

If you’re interested in optimizing your home, a programmable thermostat is a no-brainer. These handy gadgets can be installed in less than a few hours and can cut down your energy costs by as much as 10% a year.

If you’re ready to start saving money with home improvement upgrades, Big C Lumber can help! Our team at your local Big C Lumber can help you figure out the insulation, windows, and doors you need to make your home more energy-efficient. Contact us today to find out how we can help!