Energy costs are rising throughout the country, and the U.S. Information Agency projects that the cost of electricity will rise by 2.3% throughout 2035. To give some perspective, that will add $50 on to the average American annual power bill in a year. Retrofitting your Stephenville, Texas home with a few features can make your home more eco-friendly and save some money on energy bills.
That said, making improvements to cut costs can be tricky. Be careful not to invest your life savings in these projects, or you’d be better off leaving your Stephenville home as-is and just paying the rising energy costs. Here are two great retrofits that will give you a good bang for your buck:
- Sealing and insulating ductwork can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by up to 20%, reports Energy Star. This is one project that, while you can do it yourself, is recommended that you consult a professional on unless you have some HVAC experience. Even with professional assistance, this is a much less costly investment than other green improvements.
- Another great, easy way to save on energy costs is to buy a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will have a wide array of options to help configure a schedule of when your Stephenville home needs to be heated or cooled, and when the HVAC system isn’t needed. For example, if the house will be empty until you get home from work, you can program the HVAC not to turn on until shortly before you get home. This way, you can still enjoy coming home to a house at your optimum temperature without spending the money to maintain it when nobody’s home. These systems are generally user-friendly and easy to configure
For further advice regarding saving money on energy bills, or general Stephenville, Texas real estate, please feel free to get in touch with us. We would love to be of assistance regarding your Stephenville home or real estate transaction.