Sunday, June 3, 2012

Home Improvement Projects That Can Lower Energy Bills




A home improvement project can change your home’s aesthetic, adapt your home to your lifestyle, or even lower your energy costs. Here are three home improvement projects that can reduce your energy bills:

Install Solar Panels
When you install solar panels, you can save money in two ways: First, by reducing the amount of electricity you buy from the utility, and second by selling power back to the grid. Solar panel prices are at historic lows, and there are many Federal, state and local tax incentives to help with the cost of a solar panel installation.

Build a Fireplace
When the first chill of fall arrives, nothing warms the soul like opening those fireplace doors for the first time and lighting a fire to warm hearth and home. Building a fireplace lets you heat your home without firing up the furnace. And with a few simple DIY fireplace designs, you can give your fireplace the look and feel that fits your décor.

Add a Screened Porch
Summer is a time to gather with friends, cook on the grill, and unwind in the comfort of a cool night breeze. No place is better for soaking up summer than a screened-in porch. The porch roof will provide relief from direct sunlight, shielding your home from the sun’s heat and keeping cooling costs down. Plus, you’ll be able to dine al fresco in your mosquito-free sanctuary, instead of staying indoors and running the air conditioner. It all adds up to lower electric bills and more summer fun.

Guest post by Scott H.

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