As spring is in full swing, you may be thinking about renovating your home. Whether you are adding to your house or remodeling the interior, it's a great idea to make energy-efficiency improvements before taking on these projects.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency may not sound as exciting as laying down new flooring or turning your basement into a home theater. However, these upgrades can add value to your home and help you save money and energy.
Want to learn more about home energy efficiency projects? In this article, we’ll discuss several ways to make your home more energy-efficient so you can start saving money.
Different organizations and companies use the term "energy-efficient home" differently depending on who you ask. You may have heard of terms like zero energy or green homes when learning about house energy efficiency.
For our purposes, we'll relate it to the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score, which uses a 1-10 scale to rate how energy efficient a house is. Whether you live in a vintage farmhouse or a modern residence in the suburbs, you can raise your home's score through intentional improvements.
There are several ways to help your home reach its highest potential Home Energy Score. These projects differ in size, time to completion and cost. The age, style and current construction of your home will determine the type of projects you should take on as well.
Before you begin a project, it's an excellent idea to call a certified energy auditor to look through your home for opportunities to help save energy. With the information you’ll receive in a home energy audit, you can start upgrading your home to make it as energy-efficient as possible. As a bonus, your electric cooperative may offer free or reduced-cost audits, plus may offer a rebate for adding energy-efficient improvements to your home.
A home energy auditor will:
Below, we’ve compiled a list of different ways you or a licensed professional can upgrade your house to be more energy-efficient.
These renovations can help conserve energy and save your family money by eliminating inefficiencies in your home. While many of these ideas may cost money upfront, they will help you save long-term and improve your home's value. However, you may not have to foot the bill alone. There are federal, state and local rebates and tax credits available for you to take advantage of.
To start, Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa offer weatherization assistance programs that can help you improve the energy efficiency of your house and reduce your energy consumption. Each state provides assistance if you fall within certain age, income or disability thresholds.
From April 19-25, Missouri offers the "Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday" to help people save on energy-efficient appliances. If you have older machines that you need to replace, this is a great time to spend a little bit less than you usually would.
Finally, check with your local cooperative about other rebates on energy-efficient renovations you are pursuing. Many offer rebates on energy audits, smart thermostats, energy-efficient appliances and more.
For more information on how to save energy and make your home more energy-efficient, visit our top tips page.