Home Owners Increasingly Saving Money with Energy Efficient Upgrades

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Stay Comfy Minnesota helps residents save money on their electric bills by providing a wide option of energy-saving options.

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Home owners are on a mission to trim their budgets and save money wherever they can. People who also want to be more eco-friendly are realizing that they can do both by boosting the energy efficiency in their homes. As energy costs continue to rise, any upgrades to improve efficiency are becoming more and more important. For anyone else looking to jump on the money-saving bandwagon, improving efficiency can be as simple as investing in a few products designed specifically to help lower electric bills by boosting efficiency. From the inexpensive to larger investments, there are several ways home owners can boost the efficiency in their homes and save a few bucks each month on their electric bills.

To determine how effective any given product is, take note of electric bills before and after any improvements are made. Most electric companies offer energy audits as well to help home owners pin point areas where improvements can be made.

Inexpensive products:

  •     Programmable thermostats: Programmable thermostats can help home owners take the guess work out of keeping their homes cool. They can also ensure that a home is cool when people are home and warmer when people aren’t home. They are typically available for $50 or less at hardware stores.
  •     Blinds, shades or curtains: Many retailers offer window coverings that are specifically designed to block heat or to provide a level of insulation for both cold and hot temperatures. Not only can they boost the appearance of the room, provide privacy, and darken the room, but they can also help keep rooms cooler and thus require less need for air conditioning. Prices vary, but many options are available for $100 or less.
  •     Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans can help make people in any given room more comfortable by circulating the air in a room. While they don’t actually change the temperature of a room, they can reduce the need to run an air conditioning system.

Higher cost investments:

  •     Outdoor solar screens: While curtains and shades indoors will help keep rooms cooler, the outdoor screens actually block heat from hitting the windows at all which can make a big difference in the temperature of a room. Depending on the amount and size of the windows, getting screens for an entire house can cost anywhere from several hundred to even several thousand dollars. Selecting the windows that get the most sun to put screens on could be a good place to start.
  •     Insulation: Adding more insulation to attic spaces can make a big difference the temperature of a home especially if it has insufficient insulation to begin with. Prices will vary depending on the amount needed and the quality of insulation used.
  •     Energy efficient appliances: Replacing outdated appliances with energy-efficient versions can help cut costs. Tankless water heaters, more efficient air conditioning systems, and energy-star rated refrigerators, washers, dryers, and stoves are all good options for home owners to consider if they want to boost efficiency.

For more energy-saving information, Minneapolis residents are encouraged to contact Stay Comfy Minnesota at StayComfyMinnesota.com.

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