Energy efficient updates can help homeowners save big in annual utility bills. And a home remodel is the perfect time to consider implementing energy saving strategies around your property.
Before beginning, you’ll want to determine your particular priorities depending on the extent of your remodel—a process Valley Home Builders can walk you through. A whole-home renovation, for instance, offers an ideal opportunity to opt for a complete energy efficient upgrade from floor to ceiling. Something smaller, like a kitchen remodel, may necessitate less extensive changes, like swapping old appliances for new energy saving alternatives.
Read on for a round-up of more energy- and money-saving tips:
Doors & Windows
New energy efficient doors and windows are designed to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. But if the cost is prohibitive, consider new sealing and weatherstripping. Small gaps can create big drafts, wasting energy all year long and making your home less comfortable.
Similarly, good insulation goes a long way in managing your home’s internal temperature without stifling necessary ventilation. If you’ve got an unfinished attic, this tip is especially relevant for you. Even an uninsulated attic door can affect the temperature of your home.
As your appliances grow old, replace them with state-of-the-art Energy Star-rated options. EnergyStar.gov let’s you compare products to determine which is best for your household.
Even when your electronics aren’t turned on, they’re still sucking energy if they’re plugged into the wall. Mitigate this unnecessary waste by using power strips for grouped sets of electronics. Try plugging your TV and other media devices into a single power strip. When you’re done watching TV, turn the power strip off and see your energy-savings add up fast.
From solar panels to skylights, the sun delivers powerful benefits to homeowners who know how to harness its bright rays. A major renovation is the perfect time to consider either of these options. Valley Home Builders’ expert design team can also help you determine the best placement for windows to take advantage of natural light throughout the day.
Wired lighting is also a consideration, of course. As bulbs burnout swap them with LED options—they’ll cost you more upfront, but the savings over time are significant—and when applicable, put your switches on dimmers so you only have to use max power as necessary.
According to Energy.gov, water heating is a home’s second greatest energy expense. Low flow faucets and shower heads are one easy way to keep hot water costs low. You’ll also want to fix any leaks, and if possible, consider replacing your old water heater with a tankless or demand-type model.
Planning a remodel? For more expert advice, contact Valley Home Builders to schedule a free consultation with our award-winning team.