One way to use less energy and lower your utility bills is by minimizing the amount of hot sunlight that enters your home through your windows. Here are 7 ways you can shade your windows from the outside to reduce solar gain. Awnings – Awnings are probably the most common exterior treatment to shade exterior windows, and with good reason. Continue Reading
If you only worry about your windows during cold winter months, you’re wasting a lot of energy. That’s because windows can allow so much hot air to seep into your living space during the summer—and lose conditioned cool air as well—which makes your home uncomfortable and hikes your AC bill—yikes! But there are plenty of ways, both big and small, Continue Reading
It’s the middle of summer, so you’re probably dealing with the skyrocketing temperatures by cranking your AC, right? If you’re not using a ceiling or room fan in conjunction with your air conditioning system, you’re losing money and wasting energy. Here’s why. As wonderful as it feels to bask in that cold air, it costs you a lot of money. Did Continue Reading
Did you know that your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is not only the single most expensive “appliance” you have in your home? Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive to operate. When it breaks down, it can cost a lot to repair or replace. If it’s working inefficiently, you’ll feel the pain with higher utility bills. Either way, Continue Reading
Covering roofs with small plants is becoming increasingly popular, for energy, environmental and aesthetic reasons alike. Here’s an overview of the many benefits creating a green roof confers, along with some suggestions on how to make your own roof greener and more eco-friendly. Benefits of a Green Roof: Extend the life of your roof Conventional shingle roofs generally last only between Continue Reading
Homeowners, get your mouse finger ready. Calculating your individual solar costs—and savings—just got as simple as a single click. We’re pleased to introduce our ModSun solar panel cost calculator, which will get you a customized, data-backed solar estimate in a matter of seconds. Here at Modernize, we work with homeowners every day—and when they told us that purchasing a solar Continue Reading
Climate control is the largest energy expense of a typical U.S. home. It’s easy to cut back a little on water use or turn off the lights when you leave, but it’s harder to make compromises when the comfort of your family and guests is at stake. Thankfully, there are small and moderate energy-saving changes you can make that translate Continue Reading
Are you thinking of building a sunroom and want to make sure it doesn’t send your energy bills through the roof? Maybe you already have a sunroom, but you don’t use it as much as you’d like, because it’s either too hot, too cold, or just too drafty? Here are a few tips to help you retrofit an existing sunroom Continue Reading
Did you know that the typical American family spends close to a whopping $2,000 on home energy bills every year? Even worse, much of that is wasted through leaky windows and doors, poorly insulated attics and crawl spaces, and inefficient appliances. But there are plenty of ways you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses. These 12 tips will save Continue Reading
Windows give us natural sunlight, fresh air, and a view of the world. They allow us a secondary escape in case of life-threatening emergencies, and they play an important role in just about every forbidden love story. But they’re also important in a way that may not cross your mind often. They can save—or waste—valuable energy in your home. On Continue Reading
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Whether you’re planning a complete home renovation or you’re just looking for simple ways to cut down on your energy bill costs, investing in energy-efficient elements for your home can pay off more than you’d think. From replacing single-pane windows to adding insulation, to even just installing a smart thermostat, there are lots of ways to go green that will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency and the value of your home.
A common misconception among homeowners is that in order to have an energy-efficient home, style must be sacrificed. This isn’t true at all, since the surge in demand for all things green has increased so much, it’s getting easier and easier to find efficient systems and products that will seamlessly integrate into your home and complement surroundings.