Most home improvements aren’t just to make a house look pretty. Every improvement you put into your home adds value. While you surely know by now that kitchen remodels in Bellevue offer a big return on investment, we’re going to offer a few not as noticeable home improvements that not only increase the value of your home but can also save you money on your energy and utility bills.
At HTP Builders, we are able to help you make energy-saving home improvement upgrades that will make your home run more efficiently and save you money on your monthly energy and utility bills. To learn more, get in touch with your Bellevue home improvement contractors today.
Energy-Efficient Home Improvements
Upgrade Your Insulation
On average, about 54 percent of your utility bill covers heating and cooling costs. It is estimated that Americans could save about 40 percent on their heating and cooling costs just by ensuring that their house is well-insulated. Have a non-insulated basement or attic? That’s both heat and money seeping out of your home every month. Want to kill two birds with one stone and add even more value to your home? Consider finishing your attic or basement with proper insulation and turning it into an extra living space.
Consider Your Appliances
If you’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel, consider the long-term efficiency of your appliances. Adding an energy-efficient washer, dryer, and dishwasher might cost a little more now, but it will save you money on your monthly bills and you can take these appliances with you when you leave. Additionally, insulating not just your walls, but your water heater and plumbing lines can save on water heating costs. Other appliance upgrades like energy efficient toilets and low-water shower heads can also save money over time.
Invest In Green Remodeling
Green remodeling is a special home improvement service that we offer at HTP Builders – in fact, we’re a certified Sustainable Building Advisor, so we are always thinking about ways we can be a little more environmentally-friendly in our Bellevue home improvements. Green remodeling saves you money up front and in the long-run. For example, with our green remodeling services, your home improvement project’s waste removal costs can be reduced by over half.
It’s All In The Windows
Energy efficient windows is a hotly debated topic, but here are the facts. According to Energy Star, the average savings for the Pacific Northwest when upgrading to Energy Star-approved windows is $460 per year when upgrading from single-paned glass windows. And while energy-efficient windows might have a big sticker price, they return about a 75-85 percent on the resale value. That means spending $5,000 to upgrade your windows now could add over $4,000 to your home’s value. When you couple that with saving close to half a grand on energy bills each year, it seems like a worthwhile investment. Not to mention, some energy-efficient upgrades can score you rebates and government incentives to get some of the initial investment back.
Consider An Energy Audit
HTP Builders offers low-cost energy audits to determine where in your home energy could be leaking out. Our Bellevue energy audit services include thermal imaging so you can find exactly where in your home hot air is getting out and cold air is getting in, which is especially important during the chilly winter months.
Your Bellevue Homebuilders Can Help You Go Green
Whether you want to do some energy efficient home improvements for the sake of the environment or for your bank account, an energy-efficient home is a win-win for everybody. The Bellevue home improvement contractors at HTP Builders can help get the job done. From offering our local handyman services to install energy efficient lighting in hard-to-reach areas to finishing and insulating basements and attics to checking your home for drafts and heat loss, we’re here to help. With our expert home improvement contractors, Bellevue residents can rest easy knowing their homes are updated and energy-efficient.