Go Green: 5 Easy Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

Energy-efficient home upgrades can increase the value of your home, reduce utility costs and help out the planet.

At Security First Financial, we want to help your home reach its potential. Keep reading for 5 easy upgrades that will make your home energy efficient while also improving your lifestyle.

1. Install Solar Panels

Solar panels require a bit of investment, but they are a great long-term solution that can dramatically limit your energy costs.

Fortunately, there are loan programs that include the cost of solar in a refinance or home purchase. In many cases, this costs less than financing solar panels separately. Plus, you are likely eligible for federal and state tax credits. (The amount will vary depending on your location.)

2. Upgrade Windows and Doors

Quality windows and doors can go a long way toward keeping your home a comfortable temperature. If your home is a bit older, it may be time to update windows and doors to improve insulation and raise your home’s value.

You can also install quality blinds and drapes to increase insulation throughout your home.

3. Swap Out Your Light Bulbs

Updating your light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to make your home more efficient. Simply switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs can reduce your energy use - plus, your light bulbs will last longer.

For an even bigger impact, consider getting smart light bulbs that can be controlled even when you’re out of the house.

4. Upgrade Your Thermostat

The right thermostat can make sure your heating and cooling systems run only when needed. If your budget is tight, even a simple programmable thermostat will make a difference. And if you’re able to spend a bit more, a smart thermostat can learn your patterns and adapt accordingly to work as efficiently as possible.

5. Install Smart Plugs or Outlets

Smart plugs and smart outlets let you set timers and control them remotely—making it easy to be sure appliances aren’t powered when they shouldn’t be.

In addition to reducing energy costs, this can also keep your home safer by preventing fire risk.

Looking for funds to upgrade your home? Ask us about a refinance or renovation loan.

Contact one of our Loan Officers to get started.

Original blog post by Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.:

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