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Take out the autumn chill with energy efficient home improvements

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:43:20 AM

This time of year the days are getting shorter and the nights are becoming colder. You may have noticed drafts around doorways or next to windows, and while these are uncomfortable on a personal level, they can be detrimental to keeping heating costs down. Now is the time to look into getting energy efficient home improvements before the winter winds start to blow through those cracks.

Everything from doors and windows to appliances and electronics can be upgraded to meet EnergyStar ratings, earning homeowners additional tax credits at the end of the year and saving them hundreds of dollars annually on power and heating costs. New Jersey Online wrote that switching to energy-efficient glass can help increase solar heating and keep out drafts, providing a double benefit to homeowners looking to save even more. While these improvements may be a bit costly, they will increase the value of a home and drive down long-term expenses, making them worthwhile additions.

Home improvement financing can also be used to purchase energy-friendly appliances, a move that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is a growing trend among homeowners this time of year. People are concerned more than ever about reducing energy and heating costs with the winter approaching, so replacing outdated washers, dryers and refrigerators with low-emission, low-electricity alternatives has made them popular among three-quarters of American households.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800886775-ADNFCR