Money-Saving Home Improvements for Summer
There is no better time to get started on money saving home improvement projects than summer. The harshness of the cold, wet winter months has past and with a little elbow grease and smart spending, you home can sprout new life (and even new value) with these home improvement ideas:
Start with a whole home energy audit to check air conditioning units, insulation, air ducts, windows and doors, a service often offered at no cost to you by your local energy provider. If the auditor determines that it is time for a new heating and cooling system, make sure and select one that is approved by ENERGY STAR and promotes energy efficiency.
Select appliances that are both energy efficient and the right size for your needs. Buying an energy-efficient dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and oven can save you up to 50% on your electric bills according to the Department of Energy (DOE). Also, cut back on hundreds of gallons of wasted water simply by adding aerators to your faucets.
Choose your landscape wisely and crate a beautiful and eco-friendly yard. Strategically planted trees and shrubs can add a windbreak and shade, reducing wear and tear and energy costs.
Whether you plan to improve your existing home, or purchase a new home in one of Mischer's conservation conscious communities, following these simple guidelines to an energy efficient home can save you thousands over the time you own your home!