Investing In Energy

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Skyrocketing energy prices have left many of us looking for ways to save energy in our homes and businesses. Turning off the lights whenever you leave the room is a good place to start, but isn't really the kind of thing that's going to make a big dent in the long run. Investing in energy, investing in a more efficient lifestyle and investing in more efficient energy means will make the difference in your energy bill that you desire and have results you can see immediately.

Building Your Own Home

If you are fortunate enough to be able to plan the building of your home, you can begin your quest for energy efficiency from the foundation up. Selecting an energy efficiency minded builder will help tremendously. Always get recommendations from previous customers so that you know your builder will always have your energy needs in mind.

Many of the most energy efficient materials and methods are more expensive initially than their more commonly used counterparts, but don't let that discourage you. The extra money you may spend will be made up by lower utility bills. Think of initial costs like you would think of your home loan or your mortgage: as a lifetime investment. The more energy efficient your home is when you build it, the less it will cost to run it.

Improving Existing Homes

If you can't build your own home, there are still ways you can invest in energy. Replacing old or poorly installed insulation with newer, more energy efficient insulation, like cellulose insulation for example, may cost a bit at first, but you will soon see your energy bill decrease. Replacing an antiquated heating and cooling system with a new energy efficient system like a geothermal energy system also requires an investment, but will pay for itself within a few years with lower energy costs.


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