While winter is still raging around your with icy cold winds and snow, your mind may be miles and months away, thinking about the upcoming spring and summer. As such, you may also find yourself planning any home repairs or remodeling projects that you may need. If your focus is on getting your home to be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, there are numerous home improvement projects that you can begin planning for spring. Get to know some of the ways that you can make your home more energy efficient and get your contractors hired early.
If you live in an older home or have had the same windows since you moved into your house several years ago, there is a good chance that your windows are not as energy efficient as they could be. While the cold weather rages on, take the opportunity to stand close to your windows. Any breeze you may feel is a sign that you have leaky windows and window frames that are letting cold air through. Also, if the area near your windows is significantly colder than the rest of the room, you may need a window replacement.
Replacing older windows with new ones can make a major difference in your energy bills and your energy efficiency, even if you do not have the aforementioned issues. New windows use double or even triple pane glass to protect your home from energy transfer through the glass. There is a tiny pocket of space between each pane of glass that keeps heat or cold from transferring through the glass.
Many energy efficient windows also have an additional coating on the window that makes them even less likely to transfer heat and cold. It also filters sunlight that comes through the windows so that you can enjoy the light without the added heat in the summer. Get those old windows replaced, and you will see an immediate improvement in your energy bill costs.
Add More Insulation To The Attic
Your attic space is generally the most drafty and least energy efficient in your home. This is because it is rarely used and, therefore, air leaks and other issues can go unnoticed for longer periods of time. The attic will also suffer from energy inefficiency if there is damage to your roof that has not been noticed or repaired.
As such, the best energy solution for this drafty space is to add more insulation or replace older insulation that is not working as well. When you add insulation, select an environmentally friendly option like wool or cotton. These types of insulation are just as effective as traditional fiberglass but are all-natural. The cotton insulation can even be made entirely from recycled materials making it one of the most eco-friendly insulation options.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can begin making your home more energy efficient this spring, you can plan your spring home improvement projects now and have your contractors hired and ready to go as soon as it is warm enough to start.