energyefficient-240x170Thanks to increased awareness and education, saving energy is something valued at all levels of society. Without a doubt, bolstering energy efficiency is crucial for preserving the future of our shared natural environment. However, there are plenty of more practical, down-to-earth reasons for making upgrades that improve your home’s energy efficiency. Besides reducing your monthly energy bills, these improvements can positively affect any home’s resale value.

For example, you can always save energy by getting rid of gaps and holes that allow heat and treated air to escape from your home. Older, drafty windows are especially prone to gaps. Replacing these windows with newer, energy-efficient windows can save money while improving residents’ personal comfort levels. Walls and vents are other major sources of energy-draining gaps. If installed with care, a new roof can reduce your energy expenses and bolster your house’s overall resale value. Many people experience savings as they add insulation to attics and foundations, which can drastically reduce energy consumption rates.

Replacing siding is one of the most cost-effective energy improvements you can make to your home. To experience great returns on your siding investment, make sure all corner wraps and underlayments used are certified through the ENERGY STAR program. Finally, make sure your home’s furnace is energy-efficient. These days, homebuyers prioritize maximally airtight homes with modern furnaces. An aged furnace won’t just lower your home’s resale value; believe it or not, any prospective buyer might well demand you replace your furnace before they sign on the dotted line.