Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Worth Doing

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There are several ways to make your home more energy-efficient.

Looking to shrink your carbon footprint and utility bills at the same time? You’re not alone! Energy-efficient home improvements are a smart way to boost your home’s comfort and value, while reducing your impact on the environment. But with so many options, where do you begin? This article explores some of the most impactful and cost-effective upgrades you can make to your home, from quick fixes to long-term investments.

Energy-efficient upgrades

  • Upgrading insulation: The old adage of “sometimes the best offense is a good defense” can certainly apply to implementing energy-efficient steps for your home. For homeowners in warm climates like here in South Florida, think of it as if your trying to make your home similar to a rotomolded cooler such as a Yeti or RTIC cooler. Keeping your home as cool as possible so that your HVAC system does not need to work as hard and expend as much energy. This can be done by upgrading your insulation, particularly in your attic and crawl spaces. Proper insulation acts as a thermal barrier, keeping the warm air in during winter and the cool air in during summer. This can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Sealing leaks: Drafty windows and doors are energy leaks, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime. Luckily, this is an easy fix! Caulking gaps and weatherstripping around windows and doors can make a big difference.
  • Switch to LED lighting: This is a quick and easy win. Replacing your old incandescent bulbs with LED alternatives can slash your lighting energy use by up to 80 percent! LEDs last much longer too, so you’ll be replacing them far less frequently.
  • Energy-efficient windows: Windows are another prime culprit for energy loss. Upgrading to double- or triple-glazed windows with special coatings can significantly reduce heat transfer. Look for Energy Star certified options – they might cost a bit more upfront, but the energy savings add up quickly. In addition, high-impact windows and doors can also provide peace of mind for Florida homeowners during hurricane season.
  • Upgrade your thermostat: A programmable or smart thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for various times of the day. No need to heat or cool an empty house! You can even integrate these with smart home systems for even finer control.
  • Install solar panels: Solar panels are a significant investment, but they can also be a game-changer for your energy independence. By harnessing the power of the sun, you can generate your own electricity and significantly reduce your reliance on the grid. Depending on your location and energy usage, solar panels can pay for themselves over time through tax credits and reduced electricity bills.

Summary

Before diving into specific improvements, consider getting a home energy audit. A professional can assess your home’s energy use and recommend the most cost-effective upgrades for your specific situation. For homeowners here in South Florida, you can take advantage of Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) free onsite home energy survey. Many utility companies offer rebates and programs to help offset the cost of energy-efficient improvements, so be sure to explore those options as well.

Remember, even small changes can make a big difference. By implementing a few of these energy-efficient home improvements, you’ll be well on your way to a greener, more cost-effective home!

Are you thinking about buying or selling a property in the South Florida area? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! Also, be sure to download our free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet!

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.