Home Improvements That Will Pay You Back

Adding value to your home by improving it is the best investment a home owner can make. There are many remodel projects you can do in your home to bring up the value. Some projects can even pay for themselves by lowering your gas and electric bill.

Courtesy of Integrity Restoration, Inc, below is a list of a few upgrades that will save you money over time.

A programmable Honeywell Thermostat
A programmable Honeywell Thermostat

Install A Programmable Thermostat
If you do not have a programmable thermostat in your home it is time to get one. A good programmable thermostat can range between $65.00 to $150.00 depending on the manufacturer and complexity of the thermostat. Programmable thermostats can cool or heat your home when needed, not to mention they can be programmed to turn off when you will be gone for the day and turn back on when you return. Depending on how often you are running your heater or air conditioner, a programmable thermostat can pay for itself in 3-4 months.

Whole House Fans
A whole house fan is an easy way to get rid of that stagnant air in your home and allow your air conditioner or heater to pump in the desired air. A whole house fan will allow your HVAC unit to be more efficient and can save as much as 20% on your gas and electric bill.

Look for the Energy Star logo!
Look for the Energy Star logo!

Appliances That Are Energy Efficient
Did you know that your home can use up to 50 percent of your energy heating water?

From showers and baths to washing dishes and clothes you are using all this energy to heat water. If your washing machine is not energy efficient you are loosing money. An efficient clothes washer can use up to 40 percent less water, which reduces the amount of water it needs to heat reducing your energy bill. This also saves you money on your water bill. The same applies if you change over to an energy efficient dishwasher.

Another area where money can be saved is changing your shower head to a water saving shower head. By reducing the amount of water you use in the shower lowers you heating requirements. This can be up to a twenty five percent savings each month on your energy bill.

These easy upgrades and others like them will be instant savings and money in your pocket.