This post is sponsored by Sungevity, all opinions are my own.
1. Sky Lights
Both bathrooms have sky lights but I’d love a few additional ones in our hallway. It is a ranch style house with limited windows and the center hallway is fairly dark as a result. More natural light would allow us to use less lights during the day. Bonus: I’d take better pictures too!
2. Tankless Water Heater
Originally the house had both a water heater and furnace in a center utility closet. Before we moved in, we installed a new air conditioning unit that eliminated the need for a furnace. It worked out well for us because our trash needed to be hidden from our dogs, it became our “trash closet”. We no longer keep trash in there so it’s a pretty big waste of space. I’d love to remodel it into a utility closet and install a tankless water heater. It’s be a great walk in storage space.
3. Upgraded Windows
Most of the windows in our house are original double pane windows. As in 1979 double pane… I’d love to replace all the windows in the house with updated windows, I know the efficiency has greatly improved over the past 35 years. Plus I would DIE for a window over our sink with the blinds between the glass. We’ve been impatiently waiting for the vinyl window version (cheaper than wood) to become available. Peter hates the silly little curtains I have up there right now, in my defense they were on clearance and only meant to be temporary.
4. Ceiling Fans
We missed the boat on this project. We have ceiling fans in a few rooms but not in Peter’s office or the boys’ bedrooms. We should have paid to install the wiring 8 years ago. Now it’ll be more of a hassle about dealing with the drywall mess and repainting. Ceiling fans do really help keep rooms feeling cooler in the summer though, so I think they are a necessity.
5. Solar Panels
I’ve always loved the idea of using solar power. We live in Tucson with over 280 sunny days a year. We should harness that potential and help reduce our energy usage and utility bills! Even though it always seemed like a smart investment we just couldn’t justify the upfront costs.
The technology just keeps improving though so I think it’s time to dispel the myths and consider the investment!
Myths about Solar Panels
Cost: If your utility bills run $150 or more a month, solar panels can actually save you money. It could also improve the resale value of your house, a true home investment.
Unsightly: As technology has improved, so has the design. Sungevity’s panels are completely black now.
Complicated: Sungevity is a solar company with answers, they are willing to answer questions and address concerns for every homeowner.
Learn more about solar panels and what options would work for your home!
Sungevity is offering $500 off all solar systems for customers who choose to go solar in September! Use Coupon Code: BLOG500 by September 30, 2014. *This offer is non-transferrable and cannot be combined with any other Sungevity offers or promotions. Offer expires September 30, 2014.
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Thank you to Sungevity for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to learn more about home solar!