Home Repair and Energy Efficiency
Chances are you’ve heard quite a bit about methods for making your home green. It’s a pretty hot topic these days. Maybe you just don’t have time to replace all your incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescents. Or perhaps you’re not sold that buying new light bulbs will save you money.
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Requests for energy-efficient projects have substantially increased year after year. Requests for residential solar installations are up 52 percent nationwide as well as increases in heating (+34 percent), air conditioning (+14 percent), and window coverings (+17 percent). A nationwide survey revealed that the majority of homeowners feel that energy efficiency is an important consideration in their home improvement projects and cited the top motivating factors as saving on energy bills, protecting the environment and improving home comfort.
How does saving 50% off your annual lighting bill sound?
Energy Star reports replacing just on incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent saves $30 for the entire lifespan of that new bulb. Just five bulbs could save you 50% off your annual lighting bill. Not bad for a bulb that costs $2 to $5.
There are many minor home repairs and energy efficient improvements like this one. All these little jobs add up to huge savings. We know the importance of these home improvements, yet we also understand it’s just as important that you have time for your favorite activities and loved ones.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, households can save 20%-30% on energy bills by implementing simple home improvements. Over time, you will save more money on your energy bill than it will cost to have these improvements done on your home.
When you hire a Handyman you will surprised at how much can be accomplished and how much you will save! Here are just a couple other things that a Minnesota Handyman can do for you.
- Insulate your hot water heater and cut your homes CO2 emissions and save 4%-9% in water heating costs
- Install a programmable thermostat and save approximately $180 a year by properly setting and maintaining your thermostat
- Add door sweeps and shoe gaskets around the threshold and exterior doors to stop energy leaks in your home
- Replace your showerheads to save between 10%-16% of water heating costs
From more major home improvements, such as installing low flow toilets that save 3.5 gallons of water per flush, to smaller fixes, such as repairing leaks in faucets or toilets responsible for wasting 212 gallons of water monthly.