Two Ways to Save Money on Home Utility Bills

Mickey | Home Improvement | Monday, January 31st, 2011

One of the things on people’s minds these days is the rising cost of utility bills.  With prices rising everywhere, it has become increasingly important to save money wherever you can.  One good way to save is to reduce those utility costs.  Installing home window tinting and DIY solar panels on your home are two of the best ways to do that.

Installing window tinting on all of the windows in your home can drastically reduce the amount of heat entering your home in the hot summer months.  A 50% light pass-through window film will block half of the heat coming in, and 99% of the UV rays.  The UV block is an added benefit to a homeowner, since it will keep your furnishings, carpets, flooring and artwork from damage from the sun.  There are also low-emissivity films that keep heat from escaping through windows for those who live in cold climates.  Window tinting is easy to install yourself, so you won’t even need to pay for an expensive contractor to do it for you.

DIY solar panels are another thing you can do to make your home more energy efficient.  A homeowner who is handy with a few common tools can put together solar panels and use them to help power their home’s heating and cooling system as well as appliances and swimming pools.  There are many websites online that outline specific instructions for constructing solar panels and installing them on your home.  A quick search will get you tons of how-to’s and lists of materials needed to design and build solar panels.

Just a couple of changes, like installing DIY solar panels and home window tinting can make a huge difference in your utility bills.  With the prices of everything going up and up, it is more important than ever to save money when you can.

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