Energy Efficient Remodeling

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Green Remodeling Saves Money

Remodeling is very vital because it ensures energy efficiency, safety, and comfort in your home. In addition, energy-efficient remodeling will raise the resale value of your home. Remodeling of your home is beneficial to the environment because it reduces the carbon dioxide level and pollution in your home. Most importantly, you and your family will benefit comfortable home regardless of any season. Energy efficient remodeling saves money on the utility bills.

Before you start remodeling, do Home Energy Rating or energy audit. This will help you to identify ways to reduce energy consumption in your home. The audit information can help you in finding a cost effective approach to your green home remodeling. If you are not able to do an energy audit, you can invite a home energy rater. These professional will inspect your home, carry out some test, and generate a list of possible energy efficient upgrades from the cheapest to the most expensive. Here are things you should do in order to make energy efficient remodeling in your home.

Upgrade the air conditioners

Older, air conditioners and heaters use more energy as compared to newer ones. Ensure that the furnace of air conditioner is properly insulated and sealed. Install air conditioner 90% Annual Fuel Use Efficiency and a seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 14.5.

Seal air leaks and add insulation

Air leaks are the main sources of energy losses in your home and make your air conditioner work harder in to uphold constant temperatures. Check for any leaks around the windows, attics, doors, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures.

You should also consider the insulation of your house. Insulation is rated by the value of resistance, and this value is proportional to the thickness of insulating material. Use the insulation with a minimum resistance of 30 (R-30) for optimum performance. Proper insulation results in better performance of your air conditioning system as well as reducing the noise.

Upgrade appliances and lighting system

Two major sources of energy use in our homes are lighting and appliances. You can save up to 40 percent of energy by using Energy Star appliances and electronic systems. You can save a more energy by using LED or CFL lighting and by installing of skylights, and energy- saving windows. A CFL saves up to 75 percent of energy. In addition, CFL can last 10 times longer than conventional bulbs.

Electronic equipments and appliances consume energy even when they are not being used. You can avoid this by plugging your electronic equipments and appliances into power strips. Power strips are turned off when they are not in use. This is a simple way of saving up to 15 percent of the total energy bill.

Seal the ductwork

Older homes usually have leaky ductwork and poor airflow that makes the room uncomfortable. Insulating and sealing the ductworks in crawl spaces and attics make your home more comfortable.

Upgrade plumbing

Two ways to upgrade your plumbing is to install water-saving faucets and shower heads and insulate hot water pipes. You can save more energy and money by installing an Energy Star water heater. Setting your water heater to 120° F can help in saving more energy.

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