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4 Updates That Will Improve Energy Efficiency and Increase Safety

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Are you looking for ways to improve your home's energy efficiency and safety? Here are four updates to consider planning for.

Have Metal Roofing Installed

There are many advantages to replacing your old roof with a metal one, such as improved energy efficiency and lower power bills each month. Metal roofing can last you a lifetime, so you may never have to replace your roof again. This type of roofing doesn't need much maintenance for optimal performance; an occasional cleaning is all that's needed.

The attic will stay well insulated under your new metal roof, and this makes it easy to turn the space into a home office or guest bedroom. And because it's typically made of recycled materials and is recyclable itself, metal roofing will help you lower your household's overall carbon footprint.  

Plant New Shrubs and Hedges

Planting hedges around the perimeter of your property and shrubs near windows that get lots of natural light during the day is an excellent way to improve your household's energy efficiency and decrease your utility costs as time goes on. The hedges and shrubs around your property will provide a wind break when the weather is bad outside, protecting your home from wind chills and making it easier to maintain comfortable temperatures inside without wearing your HVAC system out.

They'll also provide your home with some extra privacy, which in turn will increase safety and security throughout your property. You can trim the shrubs and hedges to any height and shape of your preference, and this gives you an opportunity to create a custom look for your property.

Introduce Automated Lighting

With automated lighting in place, you can expect to save money on power costs by improving energy efficiency, increase convenience for you and your household members, and enhance the security of your home overall. Automated lighting typically offers a variety of useful features to take advantage of, such as sensors that will turn lights off when everyone leaves the room and remote-control options so you can monitor and manage your lights when you aren't home.

You'll never waste power by accidentally leaving a light on when it isn't needed, and you can turn the lights on and off throughout the day when you're on vacation so nobody ever suspects that you away from home. Have overhead automated lighting with adjustable fixtures installed in each room of your home so there won't be a need for lamps and other lights.

Replace Your Water Heater

Consider getting rid of your old water heater and replacing it with a tankless propane option. Tankless propane water heaters only heat water when you need it and don't need a tank to store water, so they're less bulky than traditional units. This will save you some space in the garage or basement where your unit will be located.

These energy-saving water heaters have a lifespan of about 20 years as opposed to an average of 10 years that traditional water heaters tend to last. And because your water won't be sitting in a rusted holding tank waiting to be used, you and your family will have access to cleaner drinking and bathing water. This will help keep everyone healthy as time goes on. To determine whether or not investing in a tankless water heater is the right decision for your household, sit down and make a list.

This list should include the rebates you can expect to receive, the estimated amount of money you'll save on energy and water costs every year, and the overall purchase and installation costs of the unit itself. With this list, you should be able to determine how long it will take for the savings and rebates to pay for the water heater and how much of your investment you likely won't get back when all is said and done.

These home updates are sure to save you money and make spending time indoors more comfortable throughout the years.