Cost of Heat Inspires Energy-Related Improvements

Printer-friendly versionSend by email

The high cost of natural gas and other forms of heating fuel has inspired about one-quarter of American homeowners to make improvements that will increase their homes’ energy efficiency within five years, according to a study by Owens Corning.

April 01, 2001

The high cost of natural gas and other forms of heating fuel has inspired about one-quarter of American homeowners to make improvements that will increase their homes’ energy efficiency within five years, according to a study by Owens Corning. Another 37 percent are considering such improvements. Sixty percent of homeowners say their bills have increased this year.

Of those planning improvements, nearly two-thirds cited a need to save money as their motive; 47 percent said an increase in resale value was a factor.

The most frequently mentioned improvements were:

 

 

  • Caulking/sealing (41 percent)
  •  

  • Installing more energy-efficient windows (39 percent)
  •  

  • Replacing heating systems with a more energy-efficient version (27 percent)
  •  

  • Replacing hot water heater with a more energy-efficient version (25 percent)
  •  

  • Replacing refrigerator with a more energy-efficient version (24 percent)
  •  

  • Replacing cooling systems with a more energy-efficient version (21 percent)
  •  

  • Installing additional attic insulation (20 percent)
  •  

  • Installing programmable thermostat (17 percent)
  •  

  • Installing compact fluorescent lights (17 percent)
  •  

  • Installing low-flow shower heads (14 percent)
  •  

  • Other (3 percent).
  • Comments on: "Cost of Heat Inspires Energy-Related Improvements"

    October 2014

    This Month in Professional Remodeler

    2014 Design Awards

    Project of the Year

    Measuring Design Space

    Flooring Trends

    DIGITAL EDITION
    Products

    All aspects of the unit are customizable, including height, length, materials, and finishes.

    Features

    Slated to be held again in 2015, the Extreme Sales Summit is the only conference devoted entirely to in-home selling.

    Email Subscriptions