How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient With a Remodel

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If you’re already planning to remodel your home, why not make it more energy efficient while you’re at it? Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll also cut the costs on many of your bills.

1. If you’re adding walls, use as little framing as possible. Ask your contractor to use limited lumber and nails, and to use extra insulation, which will improve energy efficiency.

2. If water pressure isn’t something that’s important to you, install a low-flow shower head, which will reduce the amount of water you use every day.

3. If you have recessed lighting that protrudes into attic space that’s not insulated, insulate around the lights to seal any air leaks.

4. Do you have to wait for a minute or more for your water to warm up before you can use it? You’re wasting a ton of water! Move the water heater so that it’s closer to the faucet. Or, you can have demand pumps installed which will get hot water to the faucet faster.

5. Electronics and power cords still use energy even when the device isn’t turned on. Install toggle switch plates so you can turn off the power when you’re not using your TV, computer, and other gadgets.

Having a more energy efficient home may not be your initial purpose for remodeling, but it can be an added bonus when planned correctly. Click here for more information.

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Posted in Home Improvement on Sep 11th, 2017, 11:55 am by andre

 
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