You may not even realize that there are a few easy modifications to your remodel plan that can equate to energy savings in your home! Some of them even make the environment of your home more comfortable and safe for your family (think less susceptible to mold).
Follow these steps prior to your next remodel project:
Inspect your hot water heater to see if a replacement or upgrade is in order. Consider high-efficiency or solar heaters so that you are producing the least amount of waste when washing dishes, clothes and taking showers. If a bathroom remodel is on your list, select faucets that restrict water flow to increase efficiency. Rather than adding multiple shower heads to your new bathroom, choose a low-flow single shower head that maximizes output while using the least amount of water necessary.
Check for moisture
Check any and all areas of your home for excess moisture and condensation on/around pipes and appliances. Addressing any moisture issues prior to (or during) a remodel will not only increase the air quality in your home, but prevent damage to newly updated additions. Bathrooms tend to be a great breeding ground for mold and mildew because of the constant moisture and humidity levels. Consider adding a humidistat so that the bathroom fan automatically turns on when the moisture level reaches a certain point. Even a couple showers a week where someone forgets to turn the fan on can lead to mold.
While your builder will be removing cabinetry and completing areas of demolition, make sure to seal and caulk all areas where there could be potential air leaks. Pay close attention to window and door trim, between walls and floorboards, and around new bathroom and kitchen installations like appliances, vanities, and toilets. If your attic or crawl space is not currently insulated, have a professional insulate around recessed lights and in any location where air can easily escape. You want to enjoy the comfort of your newly remodeled home, not worry about increased utility expenses and struggling with maintaining a comfortable temperature.
Make smart appliance and fixture selections
Choose windows, doors and lighting fixtures that are classified as energy efficient. You are picking new ones out anyway, and a slightly increased price at the onset will go a long way to saving you money on utility bills. There are even tax breaks offered for certain energy-efficient upgrades! Many kitchen appliances now come equipped with energy saving features that also decrease cooking times and maximize the use of heating and cooling.
Utilize the most recent technologyThere are many options for smart thermostats on the market, and they go a long way in increasing the efficiency of heating and cooling your home. There are also apps you can install on your smartphone so that you are able to control lighting and music throughout your home, whether you are in a different room or on vacation. If your teenager leaves every light on in the house after they leave, you can turn them off remotely!
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