Spring is prime season for remodeling, upgrading and repairing your home. If you’re planning a remodeling project this season, make a point of adding energy-efficient features along the way.
Here’s a Top 8 list:
- Add insulation around recessed lights so no heated or air-conditioned air can leak out of them and the outdoor weather can’t sneak in.
- Install programmable thermostats when you add rooms to the house. While you’re at it, have the thermostats in the rest of the home upgraded to programmable models.
- Your contractor will install more insulation in any new spaces you’re adding than your builder did during the original construction of your home. Consider adding insulation to already-insulated areas, like the basement or crawlspace and attic to match new energy efficiency standards.
- A new kitchen means shiny new appliances. Select those rated as energy efficient by Energy Star, which guarantees that the appliance will use less energy than unrated models.
- If your older home still has single-pane windows, put an upgrade at the top of your remodeling wish list. Double-pane windows are more energy efficient because they shield your home from the outdoor weather—and keep your conditioned air indoors.
- Change the light fixtures in your most-used rooms to LED models. They last 10 years or longer, save considerable energy when compared to regular light bulbs and you never have to change bulbs.
- Add or upgrade ventilation fans in bathrooms. This can improve air quality throughout the home—not just in the bathrooms—by removing moisture from the air.
- Consider having a home energy rating or an energy audit conducted on your home. A professional will evaluate your home for energy-wasters, suggest ways to fix them and recommend additions that will make your house more comfortable and cheaper to heat and cool.