Here’s an idea that will light up the LED bulb: home improvement plans that save energy and money. Despite the initial investment, investments in green remodeling often end up paying for themselves. They can also improve the value of the house. Here are some of the best green home improvement projects to undertake.
In a sometimes brutally cold environment like Chicagoland, the quality of your home’s insulation can mean the difference of hundreds of dollars. Attic air sealing is a common way to invest in this area, but look into insulating light fixtures, outlets and switches, which can sabotage otherwise effective insulation plans. Replacing windows outright with Energy Star certified glass can be expensive, but depending on the age of your current windows, it can pay for itself in a few years. A federal insulation tax credit is available to help reduce the cost.
Upgrade major appliances
From washing machines to refrigerators to water heaters, energy-efficient options abound in 2022. The Energy Star label is usually a strong indicator that you’re on the right track, but to prioritize investments, consider doing some research. on the best value for money. to start.
Install smart thermostats
It could be the winter to invest in a smart thermostat, the best of which offer plenty of customizable options to get the most, or the least, out of your HVAC needs. Schedule your smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature at certain times. Remote control from your smartphone provides maximum flexibility and is a great measure of convenience.
Consider solar panels
For truly ambitious green renovators, it’s hard to resist the lure of solar panels. In the right situation, solar panels can cover much or eliminate your monthly electricity bill, but they also come with a higher initial installation cost. Many factors need to be evaluated to determine if this will be cost effective for you, including: the amount of sunlight your home receives, the size and orientation of your roof (south and west facing roof panels generate more energy in the northern hemisphere), and any available incentives, rebates or tax credits that may be available in your area. Although the initial cost is high, it has become more affordable in recent years and the financial incentives for them are steadily increasing – solar panels are worth a look.