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The Best Home Improvement Projects to Increase Energy Efficiency

Home improvement projects increase the value of your home and make your home more comfortable to live in. If you are considering home improvement projects this summer, you may want to focus on those that increase energy efficiency. Installing energy efficient products can save you money on utility bills and increase the value of your home.

Home Improvement Projects to Save You Money

Creating an energy efficient home is possible one step at a time. Most homeowners choose to spread projects out over a period of time for monetary reasons. Others take out lines of credit or tap into home equity and complete the projects at one time. Regardless of how you choose to finance your project, it’s always best to choose projects that will result in a return on investment.

Replace Windows

Windows can lead to a great deal of energy loss, especially if they are old. Older window types aren’t energy efficient and heat flows right through. Windows are ready to be replaced when the seals crack, condensation is found between the panes, or when your home becomes drafty. Installing energy efficient windows will help to keep the heat in during the winter and out in the summer. New window models also offer UV ray protection, which will eliminate fading interiors.

Roof Replacement or Coating

An old, outdated roof may be allowing heat to escape in the winter and cool air to escape in the summer. Everyone knows heat rises, so when your roof isn’t properly insulated or is failing, the heat travels through your attic and escapes. Similarly, in the summer, an old roof will absorb heat and allow it into your home. The installation of a new roof can significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home.
If you don’t want to invest in a roof replacement, some roofs are eligible for a roof coating. This material will protect your roof from the elements and create a reflective surface to keep heat out during the summer.


Adding an extra layer of insulation to your home or attic can make a world of difference. Homes over 15 years old can often benefit from the addition of more insulation. Additional layers of insulation can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Call a professional to analyze your home’s insulation. He or she can tell you whether you’d benefit from additional layers or replacement.

Add Ceiling Fans

The addition of ceiling fans to your home is an easy, DIY project. Most rooms already have wiring installed, so you’ll simply need to purchase a fan from a home improvement store. Choose one to complement the colors already in the room. After installation set the fan to the correct direction for the season: counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter.

Replace Appliances with Energy Efficient Models

Outdated appliances are a big energy user in your home. Newer, energy efficient appliances will use less energy while idle and when in use. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers are the biggest culprits. To choose the correct model, look for appliances with the Energy Star rating.

Replace Siding

Many homeowners only replace siding when it becomes old and unsightly. If you have an older home, you may want to consider installation of new siding for energy efficiency. Contractors can install insulation or blow insulation into the walls before replacing siding. A new technology called Tyvek can also be installed to help reduce energy costs. Tyvek is an exterior wrap that works to keep a home better insulated.

Water Heater Blanket Installation

In cold climates, it may be a good idea to add a water heater blanket to your home. Shop for a blanket based on the R-value. The higher the R-value, the thicker the blanket will be. If your home’s water heater is in your basement or garage, you’d want an R-11 or higher. Water heaters located within the home won’t need one as thick. Installing a blanket can help make your water heater more energy efficient and require less frequent heating.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Frequently, homeowners overlook the savings found from energy efficient lighting. Bulbs with an energy star rating use lower levels of electricity and save a good amount of money in the long term. If you have kids constantly leaving lights on, consider replacing your bulbs with something more efficient.

Tax Incentives

Aside from saving money on utility bills, there are tax incentives available to those who updated their homes with energy-efficient products. Energy Star and the Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency are good resources for finding current information for tax purposes.

Mr. Roof Can Help

If you’re looking to update your home with energy-efficient products, call us first. We can provide you with services and tips to reduce your energy bills. Contact us today!