Living in Arizona means you either spend a fortune on your electric bill during the summer to cool your home, or you become one of the growing number of people who have invested their time and money into creating an energy efficient home. Arizona has over 300 days of sunshine and some of the hottest summer months anywhere, so it is especially important to do everything you can to keep your electric costs as low as possible.
Here are some easy ways to save money with an energy efficient home:
You need to make sure that your home is sealed tightly so none of that hot weather makes its way inside. This means going over your home with a fine-tooth comb, looking at everything from the foundation to the roof. Any cracks or loose-fitting doors and windows you find need to be patched and fixed right away.
Energy efficient insulation
Making sure that your home is proper insulated is a really great step in ensuring that you will keep your cool air in and the warm air out. This means checking for sufficient insulation in the walls, and even upstairs in your crawl space between the roof and ceiling.
Older homes can have outdated duct work running from your air conditioner or swamp cooler throughout your home. Getting those ducts cleaned out and inspected to make sure they are up to standard with no cracks or breaks in them is crucial. If they do have damage, you will want to get them sealed up or replaced so you can save money this summer.
If you really want to lower your monthly energy costs, how about considering a programmable thermostat? This is a very inexpensive fix that will allow you to set the temperature higher when you aren’t at home and then have it more comfortable when you expect to return home.
Replace doors and windows
This is a much more expensive fix but it really does work. If you replace your doors and windows with up-to-date energy efficient ones, you will see the savings almost immediately. It may seem like a lot of money to spend up front, but they will pay for themselves in about a year or so.
Let Image Home Improvement give you a free in-home estimate to help you plan the best improvements you can make right now to save money in the long-run. We’ll do the job right!