You recycle regularly, try to minimize your driving and make an effort to leave a smaller carbon footprint, but is there more you can do? If you own your home, you might want to consider some major overhauls to improve your use of energy. This is good for the planet and, in the long run, good for your wallet.
Paying For It
Just because it’s better for the Earth and will save you money over time doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cash to do it now. Once you’ve considered your energy usage and what improvements would work best for your home and your family, you can pay for the needed upgrades by taking out a personal loan from a private lender. You can quickly find out what kind of terms would be available to you and if you are eligible.
Replacing your appliances with certified Energy Star appliances, either one by one or as they break down, means that you’ll have things like a washer, dryer, refrigerator and stove that work just as well but use less energy. Some of these appliances may cost a little more, but your energy bills may go down substantially, and rebates, which are frequently available, can save you money as well.
If you live in a place where it is sunny most of the year, solar panels could be enough to provide for all of your energy needs. If you aren’t sure whether solar is right for you, you can have an audit done of your home to determine whether you would save money by having them installed. In some cases, solar may still provide for a substantial amount of your energy needs even if it doesn’t take care of all of them.
A geothermal system can replace your HVAC system, which is probably run with fossil fuels. By drawing energy from the earth, it can heat or cool your house while using a minimal amount of electricity. This saves energy and saves you money, and it can last for decades.
Windows and Doors
While you’re going to all that trouble to make your home more energy-efficient, it’s also important to make sure that the cold or heat that you generate stays inside. One of the best ways to do this is by having your windows replaced. You could be losing as much as half of your energy thanks to old, drafty windows.
If you live in a place where it tends to be hot much of the year, you can get windows that conduct less heat and that allow ventilation. If you’re in a cold climate, look for an insulated frame, a tight fit and triple glazing. If you can’t afford to entirely replace your windows or want even more protection, get coverings that will keep the sun out in summer and the warmth in during the winter. You should also check your doors for drafts, fix the weather stripping on them and have them replaced if necessary.