Living in an older home has many perks. In many cases, older homes are built from more sturdy materials than newer homes. Plus, older El Paso homes are often assessed at a lower value, meaning that you don’t have to pay excessive property taxes. One of the drawbacks of living in an older home is that you often have higher energy bills because the home isn’t energy-efficient. With a few basic tips from HighRidge Home Services & Construction, though, you’ll be able to significantly reduce your home’s energy consumption.
Replace the Windows
In general, older windows are not known for their efficiency. This means that you could be losing a lot of conditioned air through your windows, resulting in higher heating and cooling costs. Although it can be expensive to replace windows, you’ll find that the beauty, ease-of-maintenance, and significant energy savings are more than worth the cost involved.
Add Some Shade
If your home lacks adequate insulation, a great way to save some money is to improve the insulation. However, if you want to give that insulation a boost, we at HighRidge Home Services & Construction recommend adding some natural shade to your home. By adding trees and bushes around your yard near the house, the inside won’t get as hot in the summer because the sun will be blocked. This means that your HVAC system won’t have to run as often to maintain the same temperature.
Check Your Light Bulbs
Sometimes, it can be easy to overlook certain light fixtures in your home. However, since older incandescent light bulbs can be a major source of wasted energy, it’s important to review your light fixtures to see if you could benefit from energy-efficient LED bulbs, which last longer, have brighter light, don’t produce as much heat, and use significantly less energy.
Don’t Forget Your HVAC System
Since your HVAC system is a major energy user in your home, it’s vital to make sure that it’s maintained and updated to prevent excess energy use. At HighRidge Home Services & Construction, we can repair, maintain, and install furnaces and air conditioners of all types. We can also install installation, fencing, and flooring and take care of lead and asbestos removal. With over 30 years of industry experience, you can count on us to be there for you when you need us most. To learn more about upgrading your older home, contact us at HighRidge Home Services & Construction today.