Arete Building Solutions will work with you to reduce monthly energy costs and help eliminate these unexpected repairs. A trained professional will perform an energy usage evaluation and a thorough home condition inspection, providing you with a prioritized list of money-saving recommendations and needed repairs. We will work within your budget and timeframe to ensure that your home is operating as efficiently as possible. Many of these energy saving repairs will be eligible for a 30% tax credit on your 2009 tax return.

Being frugal is important. If you work through the smaller projects around your home in a methodical process it will not only save you money in the long-term, it will give you the satisfaction of knowing that your are increasing your energy savings and seeing your home repair list grow smaller.

Consider these areas of energy conservation:

Sealing air leaks and adding insulation can save up to 20% on your annual heating and cooling costs.

Many air leaks are easy to find, such as around doors and windows, but others are less obvious. Air flow can come from heating and cooling ductwork that is improperly sealed, and attics and crawl spaces that are inadequately insulated. These areas are important to inspect and repair, not only for the reduction of your heating and cooling, but it also severely affects your home’s level of comfort. Properly installed insulation provides for more even temperatures throughout the house. The added benefit of insulation is a quieter environment.

Reduced efficiency and permanent damage may occur if your air filters are not regularly changed and the heating / air conditioning (HVAC) system is not serviced annually. Other side effects are reduced comfort levels in the home and recirculation of dust particles and pet dander, which can severely affect people with allergies. As well as reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that your home is admits into the atmosphere.

Appliances and Lighting

Appliances that are not operating properly and heating and cooling systems that are not properly maintained can be an additional cost to you each month. Home lighting is another area that can waste energy and money. Energy efficient lighting and lighting controls in high-use areas such as the living room, kitchen, and outside lighting can save you hundreds of dollars and improve light distribution.

Source: 2007 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table 4.2.1., 2005 energy cost data.