Homeowners who want to improve the efficiency of their property should ask themselves these two related questions: which upgrades will save the most money on energy costs and which will add the most value to my house? Choosing simpler upgrades may be the best initial course of action. For example, adding sealant around windows and installing weather stripping around doors is inexpensive, but these “quick fixes” can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. They will not add much value to a property, however.
On the other hand, people tend to shy away from larger upgrades unless they are absolutely necessary. The high price tags may lead them to ignore the fact that these improvements can add significant value to their home.