When you are trying to decide which home improvement projects are best for you, it could be a little overwhelming. If you are like most people, there are a number of areas that could use your attention.
Unless there is a safety issue involved, such as a leaking roof or broken window, you may want to consider an energy efficient home improvement. Not only are there a number of rebates and tax incentives available for homeowners in this area, it will start saving you money on your utility bills.
So, where do you begin?
Replace Old Windows
If you have older windows in your home, they could be responsible for up to a 15 to 40 percent increase in your heating and cooling bills. Replacement windows are a great choice for a home improvement project. However, you will want to make sure you have an extra hand and some knowledge about this particular project.
Make Your Own Solar Panel
You can also create a solar panel from simple household items. You can produce enough power for a small shop and it only takes a long weekend to complete. It usually will run about $100 for the solar cells and copper wire, but it can save you that much over the course of a year. There are plans for building these solar panels all over the internet and some are free.
Plug All Holes & Leaks
Weatherproofing your home is also inexpensive compared to the cost in savings you will see on your heating and cooling bills. Plugging small holes or cracks in your foundation, taking care of air leakage around windows, and making sure the attic has sufficient insulation will all help reduce energy loss.
Fix All Leaking Faucets
The bathroom is where 75% of a home’s water consumption occurs. A leaking toilet can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water a year. A dripping sink that can fill a 20 ounce soda bottle in a half hour will waste another 2192 gallons of water a year. When you complete a small project like this, you will see significant savings.
Replace Your Old Furnace
Finally, if you have an older furnace, it is time to replace it. There are many rebates available for those who purchase an energy efficient system. It can cut your heating costs by up to 60% in some cases. While this is not typically on the list of a do-it-yourself project, it can easily pay for itself within a year or two. When you are looking for home improvement projects to raise the value of your home, those designed to improve the energy efficiency of your home are some of the best you can do.