How ‘Greening’ Your Home Can Save Money

Drafty windows, aging heating systems, skyrocketing energy bills. For many homeowners, these symptoms ring all too true as temperatures dip and we snuggle in for a long winter’s rest.

But you’re in luck—with little more than two weeks left to take advantage of the federal stimulus package’s green provisions, we’d like to offer a few suggestions for boosting your home’s efficiency and getting your fair share.

Investing in the following energy-efficient measures can save homeowners up to 30% of the cost, up to $1,500!

♦ Add adequate insulation. This is one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make, and one for which you’ll see the most immediate return on investment. From reduced energy bills to higher resale value, this measure is a win-win for consumers.

Update or replace windows and doors. Inefficient windows, skylights and doors are like holes in your wall and your roof. Replace wood doors with insulated steel or fiberglass doors. Choose windows with coated glass, fiberglass frames and an Energy Star label; you’ll boost efficiency, lose the noise, and cut cooling costs.

Consider new roofing. The colder the climate, the greater your need for roof insulation that will keep the heat in the building envelope. Energy Star-qualified products, such as metal or asphalt roofs, reflect the sun’s rays and reduce energy costs.

Remember to save your receipts so you can claim the deductions on your income tax return. The federal tax credit expires December 31st; ask us how we can help save you money and fit your insulation needs.

By Samantha Wells

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