6 Stylish Home Additions That Lower Your Energy Bills

6 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
Have you ever received a utility bill that made your heart start racing because of the extraordinary cost? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of making some changes to your home to make it more energy efficient. If you are considering a remodel project or an addition to your home, why not take the opportunity to also reduce your energy costs? These are five stylish home additions or improvements that will help lower your energy bills.

More Windows

Nothing dates your home as much as old wood or aluminum windows. It may be time to replace your old single pane wood windows for the newer vinyl storm windows, which are far more energy efficient. A recent study by Energy STAR found that replacing those old unattractive windows with new ENERGY STAR certified windows generally lowers energy bills by about 12 percent nationwide. While you’re at it, why not go bigger or even add a few more, especially on the south side of your home to gain valuable heat in the winter?

New Doors

Is the front door to your home looking a little shabby? New doors are a great way to update the look of your home, and many of the modern doors have a better seal to keep out those cold winter drafts. Doors with more glass allow in more sunshine. Consider adding French doors or other doors that have glass panes, especially if you live in a sunny area like Los Angeles or Denver.

Skylights

Skylights are a great way to jazz up your home. Not only will you be able to look out at the beautiful starry night sky, but on sunny days, it will also help warm your home as well as provide more natural light.

Smart Thermostat

A brand new smart thermostat will look more stylish, but it can also substantially reduce your energy costs. A smart thermostat lets you program different temperatures settings for different times during the day. You can program the thermostat for the most comfortable settings when you are home, but reduce the temperature while you are away at the office. Do you work a varying schedule? No problem. Some smart thermostats even have a remote application that allows you to adjust the settings from a computer or smartphone.

Update Your Fireplace

Get a fireplace inspection for your home. You can probably add a glass cover or insert to prevent cold air from coming down your chimney. A stylish new fireplace insert can dramatically change the look and feel of your family room.

Sunroom

Adding a sunroom to the south side of your home is not only a good way to beautify your home with plants, but it will also make good use of natural sunlight. Think of all the fun plants you could grow and how it would feel to sit in there cozied up reading your favorite book.

There are many stylish ways to remodel and improve your home and reduce your energy bills at the same time. Check with your CPA too; there might even be some tax credits or deductions for certain home improvements that reduce your energy usage.

5 comments

Beauty Unearthly said...

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Nikki Living Life said...

Thank you for sharing this enlightening post. The building sector accounts for almost 40 per cent of carbon-dioxide emissions globally. Your list of energy-efficient home improvements, not only saves hundreds of dollars on your bill but also helps the environment as well.

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