What exactly is energy efficiency? On your taxes or even in letters from City Public Services, you may notice incentives being offered for every efficient updates to your home. But what qualifies, and what is the true benefit to you and to the organizations offering incentives?
Alamo Handyman has all this information you need about home updates that will help you save money on your electric bill--whether it is summer or winter!
Install New Doors and Windows
This one is the most effective way to make sure cool air stays in your house during the summer, an that the cold air stays outside during the winter. Installing double-paned, update windows and new doors that fit properly in your home (remedying one of the biggest problems with our common San Antonio foundation shifts) is truly an investment.
While you may have sticker shock at first, one month in your home with properly-sealed windows and door frames will pay in dividends down the road. Plus, your home will be much more enjoyable when it is climate-controlled!
Add Attic Insulation
Especially in our area, the outdoor heat permeates every aspect of our homes, even the rarely-used attics! The fact that heat is trapped in the attics and that they are a rare place of home improvement means that your own attic may be causing your house to be warmer than it should be.
Especially in older homes, attic insulation is often inadequate. This means cool air gets out in the summer and the warm air leaves the house in the winter. To prevent this, you can work with Alamo Handyman to get a trustworthy analysis on whether your attic's insulation is truly working.
Install New Lighting Fixtures
This one is a favorite of the pros at Alamo Handyman, because not only can new light fixtures enhance your home's energy efficiency, it also allows you to update the look and feel of your home! Accent lighting can replace outdates chandeliers or wall sconce installation can take the spot of old energy-sucking upright lamps. The possibilities are endless!
Take a Look at Your Kitchen
Remodeling your kitchen with updated appliances can go far in helping your home become energy efficient. And while Alamo Handyman can't help you choose the perfect refrigerator, we can come in after you choose a fridge and install new countertops to improve the aesthetic of your kitchen! When looking for new appliances, be sure to check out Energy Star-rates refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers for maximum efficiency.
The benefits of energy efficient-feature installation is more than just the instant gratification of a lower electricity bill. These improvements are an investment that will pay off as time goes on. Your home value increases when you install features like this.
If you are ready to get started on your journey to a cooler, more controlled home, reach out to Alamo Handyman today at (210) 684-8500 for your free estimate!