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The Price of an Energy-Efficient Home

Improving your home’s energy efficient will not only provide huge savings, but will have a great impact on the environment and the future generation as well. With today’s technology, it is now easier to design and build zero-energy homes. However, if you have an existing structure, you can still check your home for inefficiencies and improve them.

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Making your home more energy efficient requires more than making your walls and attic well insulated or replacing and upgrading your windows. You also need to replace your old furnace with a high-efficiency system, improve your hot water system, and reduce the size of your living space.

You can improve the landscape of your home by planting shade trees and shrubs around your house. The foliage will block the infrared radiation, which would warm the house especially during summertime. Switching to CFLs and energy star appliances will also save you a lot of money and energy in the long run. You can opt to air-dry your laundry, which could make your clothes smell fresher and reduce your energy demands, too.

You can take advantage of the tax incentives offered by the federal government for making your home energy-efficient. You can also schedule an energy audit with Phoenix Energy Audit to give you an expert advice on the most cost-effective measures to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home.

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  • It may be expensive to really do these things to make one’s home energy efficient but all efforts are worth it. In the long run it is a well-kept, clean and safe home that matters to us and our family.

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