Energy Efficient Upgrades for Every Budget

by The G.U. Crew 06/09/2019

Low-cost energy upgrades

Making a few efficient changes around your home can save you money with a small bit of time and money. Programmable thermostats are an inexpensive, money saving, option to lower your utility bills. You can also replace current light bulbs with LED light bulbs. Each LED light bulb may be a bit costly compared to regular light bulbs, but they last longer and take considerably less energy to light. One option is only to replace those light bulbs that you use most often and as time goes along replace the remaining bulbs. Another money saving tip is to replace the air filters as often as recommended. The frequency may be less often in a vacation home or more often in a primary residence with pets. All of the energy-upgrades mentioned above take little time and are relatively low-cost ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home. 

Moderate cost energy upgrades

These next suggestions may require a bit more time and are a higher cost, but the savings can add up quickly. Insulating your attic and crawlspaces can make a big difference when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Replacing weather stripping around doors can block off airflow from the outside. Strategically placing your landscaping like trees and shrubs to block heat in the summer can help with keeping your house cool. Replacing older toilets with low flow types saves a large amount of water with each flush. You can also use low flow faucet aerators which replace some of the water with air thus, saving water.

Higher cost energy upgrades

The last few suggestions are true investments into your home. These will be large ticket items that make your home a more enjoyable space and energy efficient. Replacing windows and doors that have leaks can bring considerable energy savings benefits. Besides, new windows can bring in more light which can lead to turning on the lights less. Old furnaces and water heaters are major energy wasters. You could see immediate improvement in your utility bills when replacing these with more modern equipment. Kitchen appliances with the energy star ratings cost much less to operate than the older models some houses still use. Finally, if you are progressive, you may want to look into installing solar panels that soak up even the smallest amount of sunlight to heat or cool your home.

Check out some open houses in your area and check out the energy efficient options.

About the Author
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The G.U. Crew

After passing the Real Estate exam in 2006 Greg Uihlein started Marketing and selling homes in the Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham and Livingston counties. In 2013 he was offered a position as the Sales director for the Howard Hanna Chelsea office. That same year Geri Uihlein, Greg’s wife a former Toyota sales associate obtained her Real Estate license and joined the Howard Hanna Company in the Ann Arbor office. This created a void in their dynamics of the past as Greg and Geri worked together successfully for many years prior in marketing. After much consideration and company support, Greg stepped out of management of the Chelsea office and he and Geri began THE G.U. CREW for the Uihlein Group of Real Estate Professionals. Directly following, Keven Numinen a former educator obtained his Real Estate license and joined the team bringing his compassion for detail and organization. The next Member to join the G.U. CREW was Helen Hughes bringing a warm, subtle and embracing touch to the team as a fixture in the Chelsea market. Finally rounding out the CREW is Jessica King as an agent her past degrees in social work has prepared her for the people part of Real Estate as this being the most important emotional purchase in one’s life. All of these great agents comprise of a distinct, able, caring CREW of very dedicated and multi generational Real Estate professionals with the goal to help our clients with their journey of Marketing or purchasing the perfect property or home, now serving Jackson, Ingham, Washtenaw, Oakland, Wayne and Livingston counties.