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Energy-efficient home improvements in style

Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:48:24 AM

With more consumers becoming focused on environmentally-friendly practices, energy-efficient home improvements are now a common activity in the United States. The trend started a little while back, but has already matured and spread throughout virtually every region of the country. Energy Star estimated that homeowners and business leaders reduced their utility bills by $34 billion in 2014 thanks to their more sustainable and efficient homes and behaviors.

The government agency also argued that 1.6 million homes that fall into the energy-efficient category, as well as 25,000 buildings for private sector activities, are approved by Energy Star, and that this has contributed to the savings. With so much to gain from these types of home improvement projects, homeowners might want to take a closer look at what they can be doing to save, as well as how to finance the ventures and complete them properly.

The brass tacks
CEPro recently reported that buildings comprise 21 percent of CO2 emissions and 40 percent of energy consumption globally, and that these facts are pushing more homeowners to improve their abodes with more efficient technologies. According to the source, one of the first steps is to evaluate the various appliances and mechanisms found throughout the home, and see which ones could be replaced to make a big difference on both the home's carbon footprint and monthly utility bills. 

Because replacing hot water heaters, HVAC systems and other major components of the house can be expensive, homeowners might want to take out home improvement loans to get these projects done. Other strategies to green the home are a bit less expensive, though, as the news provider suggested following simple steps such as getting more out of the sun's warmth in winter by opening windows during the day. 

Thanks to the advancement of smart technologies, CEPro also noted that homeowners can use sensors and other devices that better regulate the building's energy consumption. 

Spreading quickly
The Texas Association of Realtors released a report that found energy-efficient related projects were the most popular in the state in terms of home improvements, and that this theme was common across the southern and western United States. Homeowners in any region of the nation can often receive the right financing and tax credits to make their houses more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, then enjoying significant savings down the road.