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.
If you live on the coast and regularly experience strong winds or, more importantly, hurricanes, you may have heard about impact doors and windows. Impact doors and windows are highly resilient alternatives to regular doors and windows that cannot withstand the blunt trauma that high winds and hurricanes can deliver. Undoubtedly, you have a few questions about impact doors and windows, especially if you have heard little about them in the past.
Getting a swimming pool installed in your backyard can be a fantastic way to unwind for hours at a time, but it can seem like an unreachable dream if your backyard is limited in size. While you may never get a large Olympic size swimming pool if you choose to stay in the same home, there are a number of ways that you could get a swimming pool put in that will provide the purpose you need—whether it is for exercising or for taking a quick dip when it gets hot.
When you need to buy a load of fill dirt, do not assume it is all the same. What might be perfect for one project is not at all appropriate for another. For example, if you are going to be filling in a swimming pool, or trying to level your yard, the fill dirt you use will be different from what you would use for a vegetable garden, or to fill in around a septic tank.
In past years, R22 was the refrigerant of choice for a broad range of air conditioning and heat pump systems. However, it's also proven itself to be detrimental to the environment, which is why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a complete phase-out of R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants. If your current A/C system or heat pump still uses R22 refrigerant, you'll have to find a reliable replacement sooner or later.