The autumn season brings cooler temperatures, football games, beautiful foliage and one last chance to complete your home improvement list before winter arrives. With just a month or so of warm weather remaining, Sunset Bank and Savings wants to help you prioritize your home project to-do list. Save some green and go a little green with these 5 fall home improvements:
Update your thermostat
Invest in a programmable thermostat and set a heating schedule for your home. A programmable thermostat allows you to determine when your furnace is on and how hard it is working. This way, you can save energy and money with your home heating habits.
Adding or replacing insulation
This can help reduce your heating costs by as much as 20 percent according to Green Energy Solutions, Inc. It’s another cost effective way to make your home energy efficient, as a roll of insulation starts at $15-20.
Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads
Reduce the amount of work your water heater does by limiting how much hot water you use with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Combine these with shorter showers, and you’re looking at a flood of savings.
Replace your windows with energy-efficient models
Energy Star estimates that replacing a single-pane window with an energy-efficient model will save $353 and about 2,700 pounds of CO2 per year (the equivalent of about 137 gallons of gasoline). Now multiply that times the number of windows you replace and you’re looking at quite the savings.
Thirty to 40 percent of your heating costs are lost to air leaks, according to Energy Star. Weather stripping materials start for around $5 in most home improvement stores, making them a cheap way to patch up any areas you’re losing heat from.
We know it is tough to already begin thinking about winter, but you’ll be glad you did these 5 fall home improvements when the cold season arrives! For information on home lending and loans, contact Sunset Bank and Savings today.
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