Energy-Efficient Home Improvements | Nashville Christian Family Magazine September 2023 issue - free Christian magazine

Does your utility bill leave you feeling hot under the collar each month? You’re not alone. Homeowners everywhere are feeling the heat as energy costs shoot through the roof. Energy-efficient home improvements are a way to keep cool amidst the financial inferno.

Ready to turn down the temperature on your expenses? Let’s look at some of the best energy-efficient home improvements you can make.

5 Key Areas of a Home with Energy Efficiency Potential

1. Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems

Did you know that heating and cooling typically account for 50-70% of home energy bills? That’s right — it’s the single biggest factor contributing to your monthly bill!

Here are a few more shocking stats:

  • On average, a new furnace has a 95% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), whereas a 20-year-old one could have only a 60% AFUE, meaning you could be wasting 35% of all the energy you’re paying for.
  • An upgrade from pre-1992 to a new air conditioner can cut energy costs by 20-40%.
  • Air leakage, holes in ducts, and unconnected ducts can cause a loss of up to 20% of conditioned air while it moves through your duct system.

What do all those numbers add up to?

A great opportunity to save big on your utility bills each month with heating and cooling upgrades.

If you have an outdated furnace, air conditioner, or duct system, replacing them with modern energy-efficient ones can significantly reduce your bills.

2. Insulation and Air Sealing

Think of insulation and air sealing as your home’s cozy winter coat, keeping warmth in and cold drafts out. To make your home more energy-efficient and cozy throughout the year, consider upgrading your insulation and sealing any drafts.

3. Windows and Doors

With up to 19% of your home’s heat escaping through windows and doors, they’re the covert operatives in your war against high energy bills.

4. Lighting

Let’s shed some light on another area ripe for energy efficiency improvements: your lighting system. You might be surprised to know that about 9% of the energy budget in an average American household is dedicated solely to lighting!

5. Appliance and Electronics

Finally, don’t forget about your appliances and electronics. Here’s the buzz: appliances and electronics account for about 15% of a household’s energy use. Your fridge, for instance, works around the clock and could be a major power guzzler if it’s an older model.

Upgrading your home’s energy efficiency is a journey that starts with simple steps. But to reach the highest peaks of energy saving, you might need a little professional help.

Ready to make your home a model of energy efficiency and comfort? Contact Lee Company.

Jason Scott, Home Services Service Manager

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