Every year, nearly 50% of American’s make New Year Resolutions. Lose weight, get organized, spend less, save more, and enjoy life to the fullest are some of the top 10. But many times we set unrealistic goals or make resolutions that require more time and energy than we can afford. Only 8% of people actually accomplish their New Year goals!
So as you consider realistic goals to make for 2015, why not choose a resolution that can offer immediate results while providing future benefits?
Home improvement projects can enhance curb appeal, increase comfort level, and add significant value to your home. Depending on the project, they can also save you money by making your home more energy efficient and increasing the property value.
Here are 4 home improvement projects that will make your home more beautiful, energy efficient, and comfortable in 2015.
- Lighting and Electrical – Change your lights to LED and CFL bulbs to save utility dollars. These type of bulbs use 1/3 the amount of electricity of a traditional bulb. Also, unplug any appliances when you are not using them. According to the DOE, up to 10% of residential electricity is consumed by devices that are left plugged in 24/7.
- Air Sealing and Insulation – Installing new air sealing and insulation might be the more costly of the projects, but it will save you big bucks in the long run. The EPA says this upgrade can reduce annual heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.
- Replacement Windows and Doors – Surprisingly, nearly 25% of central heat can be lost through old windows and doors. Replacing them with Energy Star rated products can decrease your energy bills immediately. Not only will you see immediate results, but according to the Hanley Wood and Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, the ROI for replacement windows and doors is between 71-78% at resale.
- Siding – HGTV ranks siding replacement as the #1 project to add value to a home. Not only does new siding boost curb appeal, it can also improve energy costs. The right kind of siding can protect homes from heat, humidity, blistering sun and more. Not only that, but vinyl and foam backed siding should net up to 77.2% ROI.