If you think your energy bills have been increasing lately, it’s not your imagination. According to the Energy Department, the average electric bill has climbed by 10 percent this year.

Remodeling your home isn’t all about achieving a stylish new look, although we can certainly accomplish that too. Many remodeling projects revolve around improving function in one or more rooms of the house, or even involve lowering your energy expenditure. If you’re looking for ways to lower your energy bills, one of these projects might be just what you need.

Weatherize your home. Seals around doors and windows can wear out over time, and need to be replaced. Sealing them properly can stop temperature fluctuations and keep your power bill more manageable. You should also consider adding insulation to places where it’s thin, and replacing any insulation that has been wet in the past.

Adjust your water heater thermostat. Your water really doesn’t need to be any hotter than 120 degrees, and in fact can create a scalding risk. Lower it, and your water heater won’t have to work so hard. A tankless water heater is another great, low-energy option if you’re ready to make the switch.

Assess your air conditioning unit. If it’s more than ten years old, it might not be so efficient anymore. Upgrade to a new, Energy Star certified model, and you’ll save money on the largest power drain in the home.

Replace windows. If the windows in your home are older, replacing them with double-paned units can better insulate your home.

Shop for new light fixtures. Consider new fixtures that use LED bulbs, which use less electricity than the older options. Outdoor lights should be connected to a motion detector, so that they only turn on when needed.

And remember that we’re here to help! Give us a call to discuss your remodeling projects, and we can guide you toward the most energy efficient options that will suit your needs.