Improve energy efficiency in your home

No matter the season, there are things you can do to lower your energy bills. With the hottest months ahead, home improvement projects are key to making your home more energy efficient, as well as reducing your carbon footprint. Here are four summer home improvement projects to help improve energy efficiency in your home:

Add solar panels

Solar panels can provide clean, free energy for years to come, although there are usually high upfront costs to install. To determine whether solar panels are a good investment for your home, consider the amount of sunlight your rooftop usually receives, the size of your roof and what required modifications must be done to comply with your local building code. To learn more, please visit

Check your insulation

Check the insulation in your attic to see if you need to add more insulation. By increasing the thickness of your insulation – or adding it where it doesn’t exist – you can improve your energy efficiency. You may also want to consider adding insulation around pipes, the water heater and ducts. You’ll need to research the recommended level and type of insulation needed for your home.

Seal leaks and drafts

Another way to make your home greener is to ensure there are no leaks or drafts that allow cold or hot air to escape. Check around the interior sides of windows, doors and vents to determine if there are gaps that need sealing. Fixed joints in windows and vents can be sealed with caulking, while doors and moveable joints in windows can be sealed with weather-stripping. Your local hardware store can provide more information on the type you need.

Heating and cooling systems

For most homeowners, the main energy culprit is heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems, which accounts for about 56 percent of the energy use in an average U.S. home. Replacing an aging HVAC system can save you money. Because this is a major home improvement project, do your research on what type of system to install that best fits your home. A new HVAC system that is too small for a home will end up working harder to cool or heat it, while a system that is too big for a home will use excess electricity and leave excess humidity in your home.

With a little research, planning and awareness, you can make your home more efficient this summer. Visit us online to learn more about our Energy Loans or give us a call today at (800) 877-8328.

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