Summer is the time for DIY projects and calling the contractors to improve your home. These eco-friendly projects will save you money in the long run while helping the Earth.
1. Programmable Thermostat
Installing a thermostat that enables you to set special rules so your home is always comfortable and you’re not wasting energy just makes sense. Of course, it will benefit you in winter time, too!
2. A New Garage Door
For some reason, homeowners are willing to leave garage doors wide open or even broken when they’d never do the same with their front door. Your garage houses plenty of valuable possessions while leading inside your house. It’s also a waste of energy because heat escapes during the winter and your garage becomes stuffy during summer. The Garage Door Co Ltd has other suggestions for improving your garage.
3. Tinted Windows
Window tinting is a great way to reduce glare and heat inside your home during the hot summer months. It also provides a measure of privacy to you and your family, which makes this a home upgrade many homeowners find worth the money.
4. Energy-Efficient Windows
Like other home improvements on this list, you’ll benefit from new windows all year round. Energy efficient windows enable you to keep cool without keeping the air conditioner on all day and night, which lowers your carbon footprint.
5. Motion Sensor Lighting
Summer is the perfect time for backyard BBQs, swimming in the pool and playing volleyball in the yard. Lights that turn on when they sense motion rather than at a specific time provide illumination so you can enjoy these warm nights but without using as much electricity because they’ll turn off when no one is around.
6. Energy Efficient Oven
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend a lot of time cooking in summer. The heat from the oven can drastically increase the temperature inside your home. However, replacing it with an energy-efficient model that keeps your house cooler because newer ovens are better at sealing in heat.
7. Solar Panels
Nice weather is the perfect time to install solar panels. You can receive kickbacks from the government on your taxes for going green, and you can even make money by sending power back to the grid. Summer will especially benefit you when you add solar panels because there’s more sun than there is the rest of the year. However, even winter can help cut your electricity costs.
Karleia Steiner wrote this article.
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