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Save Money And The Environment With These Home Improvement Tips

Posted on the 09 June 2011 by Alison_wood @midnight_eden

One of the benefits of going green is it can lead to energy cost savings and one of the biggest areas home owners can save money on and help the environment is by properly insulating your home. If your house is not properly sealed, your heating and cooling bills can rise dramatically.

Free air flow through your windows, doors and the rest of your house can cause your heating bill to rise during the winter and your cooling bills to rise during the summer. But thankfully there are ways to combat this.

Get New Windows

By replacing windows on your home, it not only can add to the aesthetic look of your home but also help lower your heating and cooling costs. Older model windows allow a strong draft to pass through their cracks and non-properly sealed edges. While caulking around your window seal can help, it is not effective enough to truly help you use less energy to heat and cool your house.

New energy saving windows can be installed that do not allow a strong draft to penetrate through the cracks and seal. This then lowers the amount of energy you spend on heating and cooling, thus saving the environment and saving you money.

Get New Siding

One major area that can help you use less energy to heat and cool your house is getting siding replacement. Most homes across the United States are older, and have old siding and poor insulation. This leads to heat easily traveling in and out of your. This of course leads to higher heating and cooling bills.

Advancement in the siding industry has created new materials and new ways to insulate homes. Siding’s such as cement fiber siding and vinyl siding offer superior insulation to older forms of siding such as wood and aluminum. Simple upgrade in siding can decrease your heating and cooling costs by hundreds of dollars.

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