Do you know that there is money hidden inside your home? We’re not talking about the change that might be under the cushions on your couch. We’re talking serious money. The kind of money you would save for a new car or a pool for the backyard. But every month, that money evaporates into thin air, almost literally. It leaves your home hidden inside your energy bills. It might be the extra cost you paid out for oil you didn’t need to burn. It may be electricity that was used for something you didn’t even know it was being used for. Here are 4 things you can change in your home that will put real money back into your pocket.

Window or Door Replacement

Since we are one of the largest window and door replacement companies in the U.S., we know a lot about how these items can put a heavy cost on homeowners. We’ve looked at all of the research. We’ve studied all of the studies. When it comes to reducing energy costs, window and door replacements are on top of the list. So, it only made sense to make them top on our list.

It costs money to heat your home. The more heat you can keep inside, the less you’re going to spend out each month on heating costs. If you have old windows, you’re losing money. Older window technologies don’t have the energy efficiency of modern windows. All you have to do is hold your hand up to your windows on a cold January day to see how effective they are at keeping the cold out.

The same is true for doors. When you get new doors that take advantage of new technologies, not only will you be getting a beautiful new door to look at, you’ll reduce your heating bills.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Upgrading your windows and doors isn’t the only way you can save money with new technology. If you have appliances that are more than 8 years old, you’re losing money. Plain and simple. When you replace an old air conditioner or dishwasher, you’re going to see the difference.

Regulate Your Electricity

There are many devices you can install inside your home that will regulate electrical items that get left on, or that only need to be used at certain times. If you have something you “forget” to turn off frequently, look into ways to automate it.

Overheating Water

Do you have a water heater? Have you checked to see what temperature it is set on? If your water heater is working overtime to heat the water in your tank, it isn’t doing you any good. In fact, it is costing you money. By setting your heater to 120 degrees, you’ll still get nice, warm water, without paying through the nose for lost energy.

There are hundreds of ways to reduce how much energy you use. If you make upgrades one at a time, it won’t be long until you’re enjoying a warmer, cozier house, and much more manageable energy bills.

 
Things wear out. That’s just how it is. No matter how much you love something, when it wears out you’re ready for an upgrade. Sometimes, you’re even ready for an upgrade before it wears out. Have you ever owned a car so long that you were actually happy when you got in an accident and totaled it? Thanks to fate, you found yourself in a new car. Well, don’t let fate dictate when you decide to spice things up on your home. Make 2016 the year you chose to take your homes destiny into your own hands.
 
Are your windows sticking? Do you have some that don’t quite latch right? Not only are they a pain, there is a good chance you’re losing heat out those windows all winter long. A window replacement is a relatively inexpensive home improvement that actually pays for itself as it brings happiness and convenience.
 
Are you tired of the small window in the living room? Taking that tiny window out and replacing it with a beautiful bay window will not only open up space to put plants and other decorative items, it will allow light to fill your living room and give you a better view of your yard. Turn that old living room into a place you want to sit and drink your coffee while gazing out at the beautiful Philadelphia foliage as it comes back to life.
 
Do you have a sliding door that doesn’t quite slide like it used to? Or, not at all? A sliding door replacement will make that entry point less frustrating and give you an extra boost in energy efficiency; and adding French doors, can make an old entry door feel new again.
 
Every time you leave your home and return, do you come back in through the front door? Is it starting to feel stale and boring? Breathe life into that entryway. A front door renewal is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home feel new again. Turn one door into two doors. Get doors with beautiful glass panes that add character to the outside and light to the inside.
 
You don’t have to buy a new house to make your home feel new again. Simple window and door upgrades can make a big difference. Add style, light, space, convenience, and energy efficiency to your home, and breathe new life into old spaces. Don’t wait for a disaster to force you to make a change. Schedule a remodeling project in 2016, and fall in love with your home all over again.