Do you live in an older home? Does it get a bit drafty in the winter? Do you feel like you are in an oven during the summer months? Are your power costs sapping all your money?
Fortunately, there is a way you can reduce your power and heating costs while beautifying your home at the same time. How is that possible? Home renovation is an excellent way to fix problems in your home and improve its aesthetics at the same time. Let's review the various ways you can save money from a house renovation.
A typical problem in older homes (especially those over a century old) is a lack of insulation. The charm that your old house has is also the main source of the draught you feel sweep across your living room at night. The reason for the draft is the age of your home.
You can be sure that with an older the house, there will be less insulation, and out of date materials used to insulate. If you are planning renovations to your interior or exterior walls, it will be an ideal opportunity to ad twenty-first-century insulation that will make your home more energy-efficient.
Adding extra insulation to your attic is another useful way to reduce heat loss in the winter. Wrapping ducts with insulation is a surprisingly effective way to keep heat in the ducts. Of course, all of these things also apply to heatwaves in the summer. Where others will be sweltering, you will be keeping cool in your home.
Is your home built as if it was intended to withstand a siege? Are the lighting fixtures sconces that were transitioned over from gas to electricity? If the answer is yes to both or either of these, then your lighting is in need of refurbishment.
When renovating your house, be sure that the lighting fixtures are replaced to allow LED lighting. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you can save up to £40 annually when you change all the lighting in your home to LED lighting.
You may want to consider installing glazed windows. Not only do windows bring more light, they also give a sense of space to any sized room. If you are spending more time at home and miss being outdoors, this is an excellent way to satisfy that need. Glass is also among the top insulators, so there is no need to worry about increased heating or cooling costs.
When your home is being renovated, you can be sure it is being made more resistant to the elements. One way to protect your home from the weather is caulk. When a renovation is done to your home caulk is applied around the edges of the window sealing any leaks that let air conditioning go outs and rainwater come in. By virtue of eliminating any leaks, less energy will be used to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Old roofing that should have been repaired or replaced decades ago can be a never-ending expense aside from power costs. Cracks, puncture holes or any other place your roof's integrity has been compromised is where hot air can escape in the winter and cold air in the summer; which can lead to a more expensive electricity bill.
Not only does a home with a leaky roof use more electricity, but it will also rot the house from the inside. If your roof is terribly riddled with holes, its far past time to have a new, more energy-efficient roof put on. Another thing to take into account is that roofing is perhaps the most important factor in a building’s longevity.
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