By assisting in the development of energy-efficient homes, we can help improve the environment for generations to come.
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Lower Costs With Efficiency
Who doesn’t want to lower their utility costs? Heating, cooling, water, and electricity consumption are at an all-time high in the United States. There are ways of reducing your energy consumption by making adjustments to your home. These changes can be performed on 30-year-old houses or a new construction home. Either way, you benefit from energy-efficient homes.
Lowering your own costs isn’t the only benefit. It also has an effect on the biggest problem in the 21st century: climate change. Our energy consumption is directly tied to the progress of climate change, meaning we can control it. When you reduce your footprint, you contribute to stopping this serious problem.
As energy-efficient homes become more popular, many homeowners are seeking upgrades to increase the value of their property. With the right renovations, your home could see a significant increase in value, which is the goal for all homeowners.
Methods of Creating Energy-Efficient Homes
There are many different aspects of your home that contribute to energy consumption: type of insulation, window seals, choice in lightbulbs, HVAC maintenance, and more. All of these factors require your attention to develop the most energy-efficient home possible. Fortunately, Concierge Home Remodeling can help you address many of these with the appropriate renovations and upgrades.
Heating and Cooling
Your HVAC system is one of the primary causes your home consumes more energy than it should. In order to develop energy-efficient homes, homeowners must address this common problem. For those with window air conditioning, we recommend investing in central air conditioning. It will help you save on yearly costs. Window air conditioners require more energy to cool an entire room and often leak air without proper seals.
Along with your central unit, have a programmable thermostat installed. This will help you control the air conditioning when you aren’t home. The thermostat will turn the AC off when it reaches a certain temperature and turn it on when it gets too hot. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports programable thermostats can help save you anywhere between 10% to 30% on your heating and cooling bills.
Refrigerators, dishwashers, toilets, showerheads, and other major appliances are often culprits of using too much water or electricity. As appliances age, they begin to sap more of these resources. You may not think of it, but your utility bills will slowly rise. One reason many homeowners consider remodeling is due to their outdated appliances.
Newer appliances are substantially more efficient—especially with the ENERGY STAR rating. This rating means the United States Department of Energy and the EPA have approved of their energy efficiency. Appliances are not the only things with these approvals; televisions, DVD players, and speakers are also included. The energy rating is a step forward to creating energy-efficient homes across the country.
Your visible appliances are not the only things you must be concerned about. Your water heater is another appliance to consider replacing. The most efficient type of water heater to consider is a tankless water heater. These appliances only supply hot water when they are needed rather than creating hot water for standby.
Guts of Your Home
The guts of your home include plumbing, electrical, and insulation. If you have a new construction home, all of these features will be at an efficiency peak. For older homes, you should consider updating the guts of your home. Plumbing can develop leaks over time which subsequently cause water damage. It is better to catch water damage early, so it does not spread or attract mold spores.
Electrical such as wiring, light fixtures, and electrical panels surprisingly have an expiration date. Wiring can lose its protective coating through the process of cracking, which creates a fire hazard. Your electrical panels will only last between 25 to 40 years, so be sure to consider an update when these reach the end of their lifespan.
Ensuring your home is energy efficient can be tricky since so many aspects go into it. At Concierge Home Remodeling, we can help you address some common questions and any energy efficiency issues you may have.
My house is new, so it should be as energy-efficient as possible. Right?
Ideally, yes! However, new construction homes are never perfect. It’s possible it could lack energy efficiency if it was built poorly. That is why we always recommend an energy audit to identify any areas that may need correction.
How much will energy efficient upgrades cost?
The cost to upgrade your home for better energy efficiency varies on the type of upgrade. Once our team identifies the types of upgrades your home would benefit from, we can offer you an accurate estimate for the project.
How much can I save from an energy-efficient home?
You could save anywhere from 10% to 40% on utility bills annually with the right features.