Reduce Your Home Energy Costs With These Stylish Remodeling Ideas

When you’re remodeling your home, you may want to consider not just what is aesthetically pleasing, but also what will reduce your home energy costs. Many times, you can find an option that does both. Here are some ideas for stylish remodeling options that also reduce home energy costs! 

1. Boost Your Curb Appeal with New Siding

New siding can totally change the look of your home and comes in a lot of styles and colors. When picking out a color for your siding, check your Homeowners Association (HOA) rules to see if they have a list of approved colors. When you’re putting on new siding, it’s also a perfect time to replace or add modern insulation to the outside of your home. Vertical house siding options have been gaining popularity recently and they offer excellent insulation benefits.

2. New Roof, New Look

A new roof can make your home look brand new again. Whether you choose asphalt or wood shingles, or even a beautiful metal roof, insulation is going to be key to keeping it looking new as long as possible.

Insulate the underside of your roof with polyiso insulation to keep your roof from transferring the heat of the summer sun, and prevent ice dams in the winter. Make sure when purchasing that you choose the correct type of insulation for the kind of roof you are installing.

3. Update Your Soffits

Your soffits are to the outside of your home what molding is to the inside. Soffits, although a subtle change, can add an architectural element to your home that creates a huge difference in appearance.

Soffits provide important ventilation to your attic, so that heat can escape from the highest point in your home. This prevents the roof from getting superheated, which can damage shingles or other roofing materials, and may create ice dams in the winter, which can cause leaks.

Soffits come in different colors, materials, and styles to match your home. They can vary in terms of durability and price, but since they are such an important part of your home, you should have them professionally installed. 

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4. Change Up Your Curtains

Curtains will transform a room, and when you get insulated curtains that you keep shut during hot summer days or cold winter nights, they will keep your energy bills down by making your HVAC system more efficient.

Even though it may seem like a less drastic change than some of the others listed, new curtains that make you have a more energy-efficient HVAC system will save you money on your energy bill each month, especially if you are diligent about closing them in the midday summer sun or before you go to bed in the winter.

5. New Doors Offer a Better Look and Lower Bills

If you want to boost your curb appeal with a new door, get one that is energy-efficient. Door designs come in lots of new, lightweight, energy-efficient materials now, like insulated fiberglass, with double or triple paned glass windows. You can choose from tons of colors, styles, and window options.

Don’t forget to update the weather stripping around your doors and other areas of your home to save even further. Doors, windows, and skylights are the places most likely to cause your heating or cooling to run inefficiently, due to drafts or poor insulation.

Your home can be beautiful and energy-efficient, with just a little attention to detail. Make sure to choose remodeling options that will save you money in the long run, whether it’s a large project, like installing a new roof, or something simple, such as hanging new, insulated curtains.

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