When we meet with homeowners around the Twin Cities to talk about their exterior home remodeling projects – like new windows, siding, or entry doors – they often indicate that one of their main reasons for getting the work done is to save energy in their home. And it’s a very valid reason. Making your home here in Minnesota more energy efficient is a very valid reason for having some exterior building components replaced. If saving energy isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, it should be. And here’s why:
- Making your home more energy-efficient means your utility bills will be lower – that’s like money in your pocket right away. That’s especially true of windows and entry doors. These openings are the main source of heating and cooling loss (i.e. wasted energy) in a home.
- Energy-efficient homes are highly desirable by today’s home buyers. Making your home ‘greener’ or less of an energy hog means that when you go to sell your home it will sell more quickly and you will see a substantial increase in your home’s value if you’ve chosen to replace older items with more energy-efficient ones. Certain items – like steel or fiberglass entry doors and fiber cement siding deliver a high return on investment.
- It’s good for the environment, so you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something that’s helpful for Minnesota’s natural resources.
If you’ve checked into increasing the energy efficiency in your home, you’ve probably read about things like turning down your thermostat at night, installing low-flow shower heads, or turning off those ‘energy vampires’ like device chargers, programmable coffee pots, and printer and computers when not in use. (Anything that has a green or blue lighted window that shows the time or status is sucking energy unnecessarily by the way.)
Those things are good, and they’re fairly easy to do, but to make a real impact on your energy use it’s important to go after the areas that affect your energy consumption the greatest. Most of those are the components on the exterior of your home, called the building’s envelope. That includes roofing, siding, entry doors, and windows. Each one of those is part of your home’s first line of defense against Minnesota weather, temperature in particular. And if any of those elements is either leaking air or is doing a poor job at insulating your home, then it’s time to consider replacing them.
Make this the year you save money by saving energy in your home. And we can help you keep that resolution! We’ve got lots of exterior remodeling solutions to make your home more energy efficient. We install high quality, energy-efficient replacement windows, entry doors, and patio doors. Most of these windows and doors carry the EnergyStar seal – your guarantee that they are indeed energy efficient. We also install insulated vinyl siding to add another protective layer to your home, as well as James Hardie fiber cement siding. Why not contact us today for a free in-home consultation? We are a Minnesota licensed home improvement contractor, and we serve the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.