Energy Efficient Home Renovation Projects That Reduce Energy Bills

Dated: April 16 2021

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By Matt Lee

Energy Efficient Home Renovation Projects That Reduce Energy Bills

Home renovations are a great opportunity to switch up your style and upgrade one or more areas of your home. They can add property value and really improve your home’s aesthetic as well, but that’s not the only benefit you can get from a home renovation project. If you choose wisely, you can not only improve your style but also slash your home’s energy bills as well.

By picking energy-efficient materials for your next renovation project, you can reduce your overall energy output and your home’s carbon footprint as well. In case you want a home renovation project that’s both stylish and energy-efficient, let’s take a look at a few ideas that are trending lately.

1. High-Quality Roof Insulation

Many roofs are not equipped with polyiso insulation, leaving them that much more exposed to the elements and with a lower R-value, leading to increased heat loss. “You lose most of your home’s heat through the top of your home because heat rises, so by going the extra mile to insulate your roof with polyiso roof insulation you can ensure you’ve got that area sealed up properly” says Jeff Guthrie of Phoenix Roofing Contractors.

This type of insulation has the highest R-value per square inch and is versatile as well as affordable. Taking all of these benefits into consideration, there’s no excuse not to use polyiso insulation in your roof.

2. New Windows

Windows are another area of heat loss for most homes. One way you can address this is by installing new double-hung vinyl windows. Double-hung windows of premium quality will save you anywhere from 30 to 50 percent on your monthly energy bills compared to lower-quality windows. Double-hung windows are also easy to insulate in the winter if you want to add a window insert or some other type of additional insulation.

3. Solar Panels

The most effective way to cut your energy bills down to size is by installing solar panels. These are an expensive upfront investment but will allow you to recoup your money quickly, leading to much smaller energy bills year-round. The average home will save at least $1,500 on energy bills each year by implementing solar panels.

You can opt for traditional, large solar panels or a smaller version. Larger panels would go on your roof, but smaller varieties can be installed by themselves in your yard, on top of a patio, or pretty much anywhere you can fit them.

There are also solar panel shingles that are seamlessly interwoven with your regular shingles, giving you all the benefits of solar panels without becoming a defining feature of your home’s exterior.

4. Programmable Thermostat

One of the main energy drains on most homes is the heating system being used when it doesn’t need to be. With a programmable thermostat, you can set specific schedules and temperatures for your heating system, allowing you much more precise control over when it gets used. This also takes a burden off of you as you can pretty much set it and forget it, instead of running to the thermostat multiple times per day to turn it on or off.

It’s Never Been Easier to Cut Your Energy Bithe impact resistant shingles on the roof of a homells with Energy-Efficient Renovations

Completing a new renovation project is great, but completing one that improves your energy efficiency is even better. Any of the 4 projects we’ve listed here are guaranteed to not only upgrade your home in style, functionality, or both, but they’ll also take a chunk out of your monthly energy bills. Why choose style and functionality over energy efficiency when you can have all three at the same time?

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

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