3 Inexpensive Ways To Become More Energy Efficient

by Connor Pena

Making a home more energy efficient is a great way to save money on power bills and to become more environmentally friendly. The problem is that making a home more energy efficient can actually be very costly. New roofing, energy efficient windows, and solar power can cost thousands of dollars. These upgrades are nice, but they are not necessary in order to make a home more energy efficient. Here are 3 less expensive ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home.

Cool Roof Coating

The cost of replacing a roof is dependent on the size of the roof and what type of roofing materials are used. Depending on the home, a roof replacement easily costs thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars. The cost of an energy efficient roof is usually a little higher than a non-energy efficient roof. Luckily there are options for homeowners who do not want to invest in a full roof replacement. Cool roof coatings are white or reflective coatings that reflect sunlight and make the roof more energy efficient. These coatings are sprayed or painted on and are a cost effective way to improve the efficiency of an existing roof. They cost is somewhere between $0.75 and $1.50 per square foot. 

Changes To Existing Windows

Energy efficient windows can pay big dividends when it comes to energy savings. They also come with a high initial cost. The cost of new energy efficient windows for an average 2,450 foot home runs around $15,000. While this may be an upgrade that some want to consider, there are other ways to make windows energy efficient for much less money. Caulking and weather proofing is a great way to reduce drafts and save money for less than $100. Low-Emissivity window films also greatly improve energy efficiency at a fraction of the cost of energy efficient windows. The cost for window film is between $4 and $6 per square foot. 

Use Appliances Efficiently

Another way to get energy savings is by purchasing energy efficient appliances. While this is a great choice, it can also cost hundreds of dollars. There are a few ways to get the most out of existing appliances. Washing larger loads of clothing and lowering the wash temperature can save energy while using a washing machine. Dryers can be made more efficient by cleaning out lint and not overloading it. One of the best ways to make a refrigerator more efficient is by removing the dust from the coils at least a couple of times a year. 

Energy efficient roofing, appliances, and windows can lead to big energy savings, but they also have high upfront costs. Things like cool roof coating, using appliances efficiently, and window coatings can produce energy savings at a fraction of the cost. 

For more information, talk with window film suppliers or cool roof coating contractors, like those at Heritage painting & Waterproofing.