Five Home Upgrades That Will Save You $$
February 9, 2018 | Administrative Assistant
Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only  benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to  some major savings.

  1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the  long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand  dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a  typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even  sell your surplus electricity.
  2. Wood furnace: Wood-burning furnaces are relatively  inexpensive, and though the yearly savings aren’t as dramatic (about 10%  on heating bills), it adds up over the long run.
  3. Insulation: There’s a good chance your insulation  isn’t very efficient, especially in older homes. Look into installing  floor, cavity, wall, and loft insulation to reduce your heating bills.
  4. Rain barrels: Rain barrels are extremely inexpensive, and provide gallons of free water to use when you wash your car or water your garden.
  5. Geothermal system: OK, so the price tag is scary at  first. A geothermal system uses the earth’s temperature to heat and  cool your home, but can cost $30,000 to install. But tax credits allow  you to get a lot of that money back, and the energy savings average  about $1,900 per year. If you plan to be in your home for a decade or  two, it’s a great investment.
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