3 Energy Efficient Home Upgrades
by Gregg Cantor Resident Expert, Approved Home Pros
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Energy costs are one of the most significant expenses that most of us face. From heating and cooling your home to running appliances, these costs are on the rise. The good news is, there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money. Here are my top three suggestions:
1. Install Solar Panels
After rebates, the initial cost for an average residence is approximately $20,000, breaking even in 4 to 5 years.
2. Replace Your Old Windows and Doors with Dual Pane Units
At approximately $10,000 for an average home, you can expect a return on this investment in under 10 years.
3. Install an Energy Star-Rated Washer and Dryer
The Energy Star program provides certification to consumer products that meet certain energy efficiency standards. On average, these cost less than $2,500. Returns vary by appliance, but it’s easily a 50% savings on energy costs.
After considering your budget, I recommend making it your goal to implement 1 or 2 of these upgrades each year.