Beyond the Savings: Unlock a Better Home with Energy Efficiency
August 01, 2017
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you find peace. It’s your own little piece of the world to make your own.
You take on home improvement projects to make your home better. Some projects are decorative and make your home more inviting, like creating a gallery wall of family photos. Some projects add entertainment value, like a backyard deck. Some are purely functional, like putting in a fence so your dog has space to run around.
Most people see energy efficiency improvements – insulating your home, installing energy saving appliances, or choosing LED bulbs, for example – in a more practical light. These types of improvements are seen as ways to lower energy bills or help the environment.
Those are great reasons to make energy efficiency home improvements, but that’s only part of the story. By helping your home save energy, you can make your home feel more like… home.
When you show your home a little love, it will give you more back in return. Here are three reasons why you should invest in efficiency.
Improve your comfort.
Drafts, air leaks, and lack of insulation can make your home feel downright uncomfortable at times, usually during the warmest or coldest times of the year. When you weatherize your home by adding insulation and sealing air leaks in drafty areas, you help keep temperatures where you want them. Replacing older heating and cooling equipment with more efficient models and adding a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat gives you even greater control over the comfort of your home. Whether you want to relax on the couch with a book or get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be sure to be comfortable.
A healthier home.
Buttoning up your home, improving ventilation, and installing energy efficient heating and cooling equipment has been shown to significantly improve indoor air quality. That means you will enjoy a home with less airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, smoke particles, and other allergens. Those that have made efficient improvements have been able to reduce symptoms from asthma and other chronic respiratory illnesses, while allergy sufferers have seen relief. Others cite fewer headaches and even fewer colds.
Protect (or add) value.
Your home is your biggest asset and you can help protect – or improve – its value when you make efficient upgrades. Insulating, air sealing, and improving ventilation has been shown to reduce humidity, dampness, mold, and mildew that could otherwise cause damage to your home. Weatherization and installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems can reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs in the future. And if you’re in the market to sell your house, buyers are more willing to pay a little extra for a home that will reduce their monthly energy expenses.
Want to show your home a little love? Check out our rebates for energy efficient improvements or schedule a no-cost home energy assessment to get recommendations specific to your home. Learn more here.Home Energy Savings