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Top Fifteen Energy Saving Home Improvements and their Expenses


									Trying to spend less on your monthly energy bill? Heating and Air Vancouver WA knows most everyone
seems to be, especially with the price of all energy increasing year-to-year. There a wide range of things a
home owner is capable of doing in lowering the quantity of power used and reduce costs each month. Even
if one lives in a newer home, very often one could still improve upon the new house construction techniques
to further make it more energy-efficient. Some of these tips are more costly than the others but many of
them are actually affordable to do and can be done oneself without the need of hiring a contractor or service
technician. Also, most can be very quickly be done and won’t take many hours 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 a number of these a shot and begin the operation of maintaining as cost-efficient of a house as one can.
Especially if one is thinking of living in ones current house for a long time to come, the beneficial properties
will clearly be worth it. However, even if one is not, having updated energy-efficient windows in the home
makes it much easier to market, suggests Heating and Air Vancouver WA.

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