Because your home is your biggest financial investment, you want to be sure that all of the money that you put into your home's upkeep, repair, and renovations is put to the best possible use. When it comes to your home, the best possible updates and upgrades that you can make are choices that will make your home more energy efficient. Increasing the energy efficiency in your home will not only save you a great deal of money on your monthly energy bills but will also increase the value of your home and reduce the negative environmental impact you and your home have. So, get to know some of the main areas that you can upgrade to make your home more energy efficient.
One of the main sources of energy loss or energy transfer in your home is your home's windows. Older windows tend to be made of single pane glass which is lower in energy efficiency than newer multiple-paned window glass. Additionally, as time passes, gaps form around the frame of the windows that allow air and energy to transfer in increasing amounts.
This can lead to untold amounts of energy lost through your windows if they are outdated. Replacing your windows with double- or triple-paned glass that is coated with low-e (low-emissivity) film can increase your home's energy efficiency exponentially. New window installation will also be well-fitted into the frame, filling any gaps you may have had previously.
As an added bonus, the government offers tax incentives for replacing older windows with energy efficient ones. This tax credit can make a big difference on your tax return.
Replace Your Roof
In addition to your windows, another major source of energy loss in your home is your roof. Replacing your roof with more energy efficient materials can have a big effect upon your home energy costs.
Rather than using standard asphalt shingles, for example, you can install recycled rubber roofing that is designed to look like standard shingles. Rubber is a material that does not conduct thermal energy, meaning that it will absorb the heat of the sun rather than transfer it into your home. The positive environmental impact is not only in your energy savings, but also in the fact that this roofing choice is made of recycled materials.
You could also install vegetated roofing which is a literal living roof. A thin layer of soil is installed atop your existing roof into which indigenous vegetation is planted. The plants not only absorb thermal energy but also absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen further reducing your carbon footprint.
By taking these two remodeling steps, you can increase your home's energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Additionally, you will increase your home's resale value should you ever decide to sell your current home. Talk to a professional like Century Roofing Company Inc for more information.Share