Energy Efficient Upgrades for Every Budget

by Jennifer Stark 04/07/2019

Low-cost energy upgrades

Making a few efficient changes around your home can save you money with a small bit of time and money. Programmable thermostats are an inexpensive, money saving, option to lower your utility bills. You can also replace current light bulbs with LED light bulbs. Each LED light bulb may be a bit costly compared to regular light bulbs, but they last longer and take considerably less energy to light. One option is only to replace those light bulbs that you use most often and as time goes along replace the remaining bulbs. Another money saving tip is to replace the air filters as often as recommended. The frequency may be less often in a vacation home or more often in a primary residence with pets. All of the energy-upgrades mentioned above take little time and are relatively low-cost ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home. 

Moderate cost energy upgrades

These next suggestions may require a bit more time and are a higher cost, but the savings can add up quickly. Insulating your attic and crawlspaces can make a big difference when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Replacing weather stripping around doors can block off airflow from the outside. Strategically placing your landscaping like trees and shrubs to block heat in the summer can help with keeping your house cool. Replacing older toilets with low flow types saves a large amount of water with each flush. You can also use low flow faucet aerators which replace some of the water with air thus, saving water.

Higher cost energy upgrades

The last few suggestions are true investments into your home. These will be large ticket items that make your home a more enjoyable space and energy efficient. Replacing windows and doors that have leaks can bring considerable energy savings benefits. Besides, new windows can bring in more light which can lead to turning on the lights less. Old furnaces and water heaters are major energy wasters. You could see immediate improvement in your utility bills when replacing these with more modern equipment. Kitchen appliances with the energy star ratings cost much less to operate than the older models some houses still use. Finally, if you are progressive, you may want to look into installing solar panels that soak up even the smallest amount of sunlight to heat or cool your home.

Check out some open houses in your area and check out the energy efficient options.

About the Author

Jennifer Stark
As Principal of JASP Real Estate and Evolving Lifestyles®, I’m your go to Lifestyle Specialist for when your home no longer fits your needs. My expertise is in the lifestyles of active adults 50+. Through a non-medical personal profile assessment, together we can review and evaluate your current lifestyle as well as anticipate any possible future needs and defining your potential options. I’m also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) who offers solutions for those who want to stay in their home and be able to age in place. Being a caregiver for my mom, I have the experience and compassion, for all my client’s unique needs in their evolving lifestyles. I do appreciate and empathize with the fact that sometimes it might be difficult to move, but at the same time it might not be a practical choice to stay in your home. As your Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) I can create a customized approach to marketing and selling your home, work with you to explore your housing options and ensure that your new home best serves your current and future needs. With access to reputable professionals, I can develop a plan and organize your team of specialists needed to achieve your lifestyle goals, so that you will get enough information and have more realistic expectations, to be able to the answer the question… Should you stay, or should you sell? As your advisor and advocate, I will provide a lifestyle plan and take you through the process to achieve your goals and help minimize your stress.