Having an energy efficient home is a popular focus among homeowners. The benefits energy-efficient homes give homeowners, and the environment are impressive. Here are a few remodeling ideas that can make your home greener – and save money in energy savings.
Sealing & Insulation
A lack insulation and poorly sealed doors and windows can have a huge impact on your energy bills. The source of air leaks can be hard to determine. Sealing these leaks is a necessity for optimal energy efficiency. Leaks will force your heating and cooling systems to work overtime to maintain a constant indoor temperature. Look at the seals around your windows and doors, and inspect the corners of your home to plug any possible leaks, reseal any loose panes or padding, and take a look at possibly installing loft insulation.
Another great way to promote energy efficiency within your home is by investing in modern, Energy Star rated appliances. Older technology uses significantly more energy than newer appliances. Upgrading your appliances is an expense, but it will provide savings in the long run.
Make Use of Natural Light
Old, single-pane windows are the number one source of temperature transfer in homes and buildings. New windows are manufactured with double panes and an insulated spacer to eliminate heat loss in cold weather. New windows also come with low-emissivity coatings that increase their reflectivity, protecting the interior of your home from an unwanted “greenhouse effect” in warm weather. These enable your home to receive a much healthier dose of natural light and minimize the use of electrical lights in your home. Modern double-pane windows are the perfect way to optimize the best source of natural light.
Widely available, easy to install, and extremely attractive, ceiling fans are a great way to help keep your home cool and promote a healthier air flow. They use very little energy and require minimal maintenance.
When it comes to remodeling your home, many homeowners focus solely on the building itself. However, benefits can be obtained by focusing on proper landscaping. A well-landscaped property adds home value, curb appeal, and can be used as a tool in your green-living endeavors.
Trees and bushes, properly spaced, can provide a windbreak and shade for your home. Climbing vines, properly tended, can keep your patio and balcony cooler in the summer months.
A water collection system – whether a simple rain barrel or something much larger – can be attached to your current gutter system. This water can be used for watering a garden and potted plants. It can also be treated and used indoors.