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How to Green Your Home for Energy Savings

Installing a wind turbine can cut energy bills

Why go for green remodeling? First, federal tax credits are awarded for green remodeling. Until December 31, 2016, homeowners can get a tax credit of up to 30% of the cost of installing alternative-energy systems. Additionally, until December 31, 2010, owners of existing homes can get a tax credit of up to 30% ($1,500 cap) of the cost incurred for green remodeling. Second, green remodeling also translates to energy savings. The following are several ways by which you can green your home for energy savings:

Install a Wind Turbine
If your home gets at least 10 miles/hour of wind, you can install a residential wind turbine. A wind turbine can reduce your electricity costs by 50-90 percent, according to the American Wind Energy Association. You can purchase a ready-to-install residential wind turbine from the manufacturer. You can also opt for the whole wind turbine package that is inclusive of the wind turbine, installation and maintenance. Wind turbines can be expensive, but they have a very long life, plus you can get a federal tax credit of up to 30% of the cost as above-mentioned.

Install a Skylight and a Skylight Cover
Skylights can help you save energy because you can use sunlight to illuminate your home’s interior. To ensure maximum energy savings, however, you need to carefully plan your skylight construction and placement. You need the help of a professional remodeling contractor for that. You also need to install an energy-efficient skylight cover so you can control the amount of sunlight that gets into your home.

Insulate Your Home
Insulating your home and plugging up air leaks can reduce your cooling and heating costs by 20 percent, according to Energy Star. Walls, attics, crawlspaces, and basements all need to be insulated, but attic insulation is the most cost-effective in terms of energy savings. Optimal insulation levels depend on location, however, so you do need to consult a professional home remodeling contractor if you want to maximize your energy savings.

Seal Your Home
To save energy, seal your home against air drafts. Air leaking in and out can make your home inefficient and raise your heating and cooling costs. Get your home evaluated by a professional building contractor for air leaks. It is important that home sealing be done right. Your home still needs to have proper ventilation for health and safety reasons.

Upgrade to Energy Star Qualified Roof Products
According to Energy Star, roof products that are Energy Star Qualified can help insulate your home (by reducing heat transfer) and ultimately lower peak air conditioning demand by 10-15 percent. To save energy, install metal and asphalt roof products that have high solar reflectance or high emissivity. They reflect more heat than traditional roofing products, thereby helping reduce heat transfer from the roof to the home.

Article By Jinky Bagagnan

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