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After Your Home-Energy Evaluation: Prioritizing Those Efficiency Improvements

After Your Home-Energy Evaluation: Prioritizing Those Efficiency ImprovementsYour home-energy evaluation usually ends with the auditor giving you a list of suggested improvements to help improve your energy use. How do you prioritize the items on that list? You need to let certain factors dictate your priorities:

  • Budget – If you are like most other households, you have a budget. You need to fit those expenses into that budget. You may be able to get some of the lower-cost items done quickly. Then, start setting aside money to cover the larger cost items. If you have something that needs immediate attention, a good chunk of your initial budget can go in that direction.
  • The payoff – How much payoff will you get for a particular item, compared to cost? Usually experts recommend replacing old windows and old appliances for the most payoff. For example, you can get around 70 percent of the cost of windows at resale. Also, those new windows can help lower heating and cooling costs by 30 percent. Appliances also add value and lower energy costs.
  • Time spent – Some repairs can take only a few hours to do. Others take a bit of time to plan and execute. If you want to do something quickly, you can seal air leaks around windows and doors. Insulation doesn’t take long either. If you need to schedule someone to measure and order new windows, that will take a couple of months.
  • Effort and skill level required – If you are handy and can do some of the work yourself, those items will cost less than if you have a professional do it. You can do them when you get time and materials. For items that are beyond your skill level, bringing in a professional is the best bet.

Once you have your list prioritized, start with the first one and head towards the end. The efforts will pay off with a more comfortable home and lower energy costs.

For more information on prioritizing your home-energy evaluation list and other home comfort needs, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have proudly served the Traverse City area for more than 30 years.

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