Now that your cross country moving companies have departed, you’re fully unpacked and you’re getting used to life in your new abode, sooner or later you may want to undertake your first remodeling project. Of course, while finding the perfect furniture setup or color scheme is important for your home, making your house more energy efficient could save you money in the long run. Here are three quick and easy projects you can consider before winter that could put money back into your pocket.
1. Improve Your Windows. If your home doesn’t have energy-efficient windows, you could be losing hundreds in heating and cooling costs as air escapes to the outdoors. TLC suggests investing in energy-efficient windows that can help you save money throughout the time you live in your home, which are eligible for tax credits from the federal government. Additionally, you can use these windows in tandem with window treatments and curtains to improve your house’s insulation.
2. Invest In Energy-Efficient Appliances. The kitchen is an important communal spot in your home, and your appliances will see plenty of action over the course of the holiday season. An Energy Star-certified refrigerator or stove could help you reduce your monthly utility costs and your home’s carbon footprint.
3. Install A Programmable Thermostat. If you happen to leave your heat on when you leave the house this winter, you could be spending hundreds to warm a house with no one inside. A programmable thermostat will help you control your home’s heating system and have it turn on and off at specific times of the day when you need it most, reports U.S. News & World Report.