How to Incorporate Energy Efficient Home Design Into Your Next Home Remodel March 04 2014, 0 Comments
As energy costs continue to rise at exponential rates, the need for more energy efficiency in every aspect of your life becomes more urgent. Incorporating energy efficient home designs into your next home remodel is a great way to reduce energy costs in the living spaces that you currently have.
Four Key Energy Efficient Remodel Elements
Add Insulation to Your Home
Insulation prevents thermal energy transfers (an exchange of heat energy between the inside of your home and the air outside) from occurring. Insulation helps to maintain a consistent temperature in your home.
Update your kitchen
Your kitchen is one of the biggest drains on your water and heating bill. Much of this cost is caused by outdated kitchen appliances. If you update your appliances, you will save a significant amount of money on your energy bill. Additionally, up to 90 percent of remodeling costs can be recouped if selling your home is in your near future.
Save the Sunshine by Investing in Solar Shingles
You can transform those bright, sunny San Francisco Bay area days into a boon if you install solar shingles to the list of your energy efficient home designs. A solar shingle is an energy efficient building material that allows you to reap the benefits of solar energy conversion without having to stick those giant solar panels (which can be eyesores) onto your roof. Every house needs shingles. Why not add energy efficiency to their job description???
Install an Automatic Thermostat
One of the best ways to save on your energy bill is to adjust your heating and air conditioning system when you are not home. An automatic thermostat does the work for you.
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