Saving money on energy at home goes way beyond swapping out a few light bulbs. Because so much energy goes into temperature regulation, making your home airtight with an exterior renovation is one of the best ways to keep your monthly bills down.
Air is really good at finding holes, and while simply fixing some cracked siding or installing a new window will reduce airflow to some extent, your home is only as insulated as its weakest area. Focusing on larger projects like roof and siding/housewrap replacement will have far greater benefits than a piecemeal approach.
A full window replacement project will counteract one of the primary sources of unwanted airflow. However, to upgrade windows that are functional but far from energy efficient, storm windows can be installed on top of existing windows if budget is a big concern.
New technologies, like Therma-Tru’s Tru-Defense System, have given rise to doors that both insulate your home and match your style. Likewise, vinyl patio doors are available with many of the same technologies that make new windows more efficient, including Low-E coatings.
Finally, your roofing and siding materials can make a surprising difference for your energy bill. Look for “Cool Roof” products, which are made of special materials that absorb less heat, or upgrade your housewrap and siding to products that offer better insulating performance.
Whatever project you choose you’ll make inroads on using less energy, making your home greener for the environment and your wallet.
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