Title Security's Blog

Comprehensive Title Insurance & Escrow Services

8 Tips to Make Your Remodel More Energy Efficient and Your Home Healthier

2 Comments

Simple, inexpensive ways to make remodels and additions more energy efficient from the standpoint of energy usage and conservation of resources.

1. Check for water intrusion, condensation, and excess moisture before you begin the project. Fixing those issues during remodeling can improve your home’s indoor air quality (excess moisture encourages mold).

2. Use the least amount of framing allowed by your building code when adding walls. Not only will you have to pay for less lumber and fewer nails, the contractor will have more room to put insulation in your walls, making your home more energy efficient.

3. Resist the urge to splurge on multiple shower heads. Opt for a single low-flow shower head rather than installing a car wash-style plethora of shower heads.

4. If possible, add new HVAC ducts to parts of your home that are heated and cooled, rather than placing them in a space with unconditioned air (like the attic). If that’s not possible, insulate the ducts. Have an HVAC diagnostician analyze your system to make sure it’s sized correctly and balanced to properly exchange old and new air.

5. Be sure to insulate around recessed lights that protrude into un-insulated attic spaces — these are major sources of air leaks.

6. If you’re wasting water, you’re wasting energy. Look at high-efficiency or solar water heaters, and insulate your water pipes. If you want hot water faster, move the water heater closer to the faucet or install demand pumps to drive hot water to the fixture.

7. Install wall-mounted efficiency toggle switch plates for the outlets where you plug in your televisions and computers to make it easy to cut off the power to electronics you’re not using.

8. A humidistat that automatically turns on the bathroom fan when moisture rises beats depending on teenagers or tenants remembering to use the fan. Reducing bathroom moisture reduces the chances you’ll have mold.

What are your tips for smart energy savings during a remodel?

Carl Seville, author of Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction

via  Dona DeZube  Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com  with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.”

Advertisements

Author: barbibozich

Manager, Sr. Closer and Client Services liaison for Title Security.

2 thoughts on “8 Tips to Make Your Remodel More Energy Efficient and Your Home Healthier

  1. Howdy! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  2. I think this is a powerfull website with a lot interesting posts about this stuff. And i just wanna say thnx for this. I’ll follow your website to see if you post more stuff like these!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s