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Leading Fifteen Energy Saving Home Improvements and their Expenses

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					Interested to save on your month to month energy bill? Heating and Air Vancouver WA knows most most
people are, particularly with the cost of all energy increasing year-to-year. There are plenty of things a home
owner can carry out to help reduce the quantity of power used and reduce costs each month. Even if one
lives in a newer home, very often one could still enhance the new home building techniques to further make
it more energy efficient. Some of these tips are more costly than others but many of them are extremely
affordable to do and can be accomplished oneself without the need of employing a contractor or service
technician. Also, most can be very quickly be done and won’t take much time at all.
1 - install compact fluorescent light bulbs
cost: about $3 each
payback: 1/2 to 1 year.
2 - install a programable thermostat
cost: $30-$100
payback:1/2 to 2 years
3 - seal large and small ceiling air leaks
cost: less than $200
payback:1-2 years
4 - seal air duct leaks
cost: less than $25
payback:1-2 years
5 - insall water saving showerheads
cost: $10 and up
payback:1-2 years
6 - insulate the water heater
cost: $8-$20
payback:1-2 years
7 - wheatherstrip windows and doors
cost: $10-$20 per opening
payback:1-3 years
8 - tune up furnace and heating equipment
cost: $100 and up
payback:1-3 years
9 - install ceiling insulation
cost: about $.50 per square foot
payback:2-5 years
10 - install floor insulation
cost: about $.50 per square foot
payback:2-5 years
11 - install storm windows
cost: about $30 a window
payback:24-10 years
12 - replace heating system
cost: varies
payback:25-20 years
13 - blown-in wall insulation
cost: $1- $2 sq foot
payback:26-12 years
14 - landscaping (trees for windbreak and sun screening)
cost: $30 and up per tree
payback:25-10 years
15 - window replacement
cost: $300 and up per window
payback:15-30 years


Give some of these a consideration and begin the operation of producing as cost-efficient of a house as one
can. Most importantly if one is thinking about residing in ones current home for quit some time to come, the
advantages will certainly be worthwhile. However, even if one is not, having updated energy efficient
windows in a home should make it much easier to sell, suggests Heating and Air Vancouver WA.


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