If you’re like many Americans, you’ve watched your fair share of home improvement shows over the last few years. You even may have been inspired to undertake some home improvements of your own from watching the amazing televised renovations. From kitchen and bathroom remodels to removing walls to create “open living spaces,” it’s true that renovations can add value to your home, but not all renovations are the same in terms of value. In fact, most only add aesthetic value, but do little to bring true return on investment.
Yet, there are some changes that you can make that will actually bring savings every month in the form of reduced utility bills. Here are three home improvements that you can make that offer valuable ongoing financial benefits.
Solar Power System – With a solar power system, you’ll substantially lower your monthly utility power usage while minimizing the impact you’ll feel from utility rate hikes. Here, in the Valley of the Sun, the value of solar panels is especially high because of the high average number of sunny days. When you add in increased property value, reduced environmental impact and potential incentives, such as tax credits and grants, there is a lot to be gained by adding a solar power system to your home.
Energy-Efficient Windows – Leaky, drafty windows have a surprisingly large impact on your electricity usage – especially during the summer months. Double and triple-paned windows can lower energy bills by up to 35 percent, enabling you to earn back a significant amount of their initial cost.
Maintenance and Repair – A malfunctioning air conditioner or damaged or faulty ductwork can waste a tremendous amount of energy. By making the necessary repairs or changes to your HVAC system, you can save hundreds every year. And, when you add on upgrades like a programmable thermostat, you can save even more.
Plan for Savings
An ever-increasing electricity bill isn’t inevitable. By investing in home improvements that offer true value that span beyond looking good, you can gain substantial savings. Call Cool Blew Solar today to learn more about how you can start saving.