3 ways to save money and create an energy efficient home

3 ways to save money and create an energy efficient home
Energy-efficient windows

Energy-efficient windows

With the rising costs of home maintenance and ownership, a great way to save money is on your energy bills. Now more than ever, there are numerous ways to cut energy costs and make your home more energy efficient. Below are three ways you can save on your energy bill in 2014.

Make sure there is blown insulation in the attic

Nearly a third of the energy goes through the attic. Air rises - this is where the warm air escapes. Adding attic insulation is one of the most significant steps necessary to save on heating and cooling expenses.

Consider the purchase of new windows and doors

Up to 40 percent of the heating costs could be wasted due to older windows and doors. The newer models are more energy efficient with the potential to save a lot of money, especially the multiple pane windows. This type of renovation in 2014 will have some tax benefits as well.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 did bring back energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. The bill reinstated the 25c tax credits that expired at the end of 2011, and extended them through the end or 2014. The 25c homeowner tax credits include a maximum credit of $500 for windows.

As an example, Hurd Windows and Doors, a favored vendor at DirectBuy of Indianapolis, hand-craft all of their windows using a five-and-a-quarter-inch frame for a solid, energy efficient window. The windows are double or triple pane as well. A double hardware system used by Hurd takes the pressure off the cranking of windows, making them easier to open, and allows the window to crank out 90 degrees. 

Add a high efficiency heating/cooling system

According to the US Department of Energy, 56 percent of the typical U.S. home expenses lie in heating and cooling. If a HVAC system is over 10 years old, it would be beneficial to have the system looked at by a professional that you trust. The efficiency of the newer equipment could add up to about $200 a year in savings in one’s energy bill. Including a programmable thermostat can also be beneficial in the savings.

About this Experts Contributor: Lois Wyant represents DirectBuy of Indianapolis, providing kitchen and bathroom remodeling services in Indianapolis. Since 1971, DirectBuy has specialized in providing home furnishings and home improvement items. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @DirectBuyIndy and Google+.

As of July 30, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

 

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