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Energy Efficient Upgrades to Your Home

If you are fed up with the cost of outrageous energy bills or simply want to live in a “greener,” more environmentally friendly home, there are a number of ways to make your home more energy efficient. When you remodel your home to include energy efficient changes, it is kind of like putting money into a savings account. Remodeling with energy efficiency in mind will help reduce the cost of your energy use as well as increase the value of your home. The following four tips will help get you started with an energy efficient remodel for your home.

Major Appliances

One of the quickest ways to begin saving energy is to replace old appliances, including the water heater, kitchen appliances, and the furnace. Installing energy efficient appliances can often help reduce your energy cost by 50-75 percent each year. For example:
  • Replace an old, standard water heater with a tankless or solar powered water heater.
  • Replacing the refrigerator, washer, and dryer with energy star appliances can significantly reduce the cost of energy use. If you cannot afford to replace all of the appliances at once, it is best to start with the refrigerator. You can reduce energy use by washing clothes in cold water and drying on an outside clothesline and wash dishes by hand, instead of in the dishwasher.
  • Upgrade the heating and/or cooling system. If the heating and air conditioning systems are more than ten years old, replacing them with an Energy Star system can save you hundreds of dollars each year on heating and cooling your home.
Installing insulation in the attic is an inexpensive, yet effective way to help keep your home comfortable. When you run the furnace or the air conditioner without the correct insulation in the attic, it can be difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Insulation helps prevent the furnace and air conditioning from overworking to maintain the set temperature in your home. There are several options available for insulation, so it is recommended that a professional inspect your home to determine how much and what type of insulation is needed.

Programmable Thermostat

Another inexpensive, yet effective thing you can do during a remodel is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to preset the temperature of your home for various times. Reducing the amount of heat and air used when you don’t need it can save you a great deal of money on energy cost.

Windows

The doors and windows of your home are the largest culprits for allowing warm and cold air to escape or enter. Installing double-pane windows is the ultimate option; however, if you are not planning on installing new windows during your remodel, there are some less expensive tips that will help keep your home comfortable. Caulking and sealing air leaks from the doors and windows and installing a temporary covering for the windows will provide a significant difference in the temperature of your home as well as help reduce the amount of energy used.

Remodeling your home for energy efficiency goes beyond the basic sources of weatherization, however. Every step you take to make your home more energy efficient is getting you one step closer to reducing energy use and improving the comfort of your home. The best way to get started is with small changes and to start with the largest sources of energy use. Each remodeling project you complete is a step toward a more energy efficient home.

When it comes to remodeling your home, you want to be sure to have a qualified remodeling company at your side. Quality Remodeling has experience reconstructing Chicago homes and can work with you to create the home you always dreamed of. Contact us today at (773) 509-0200 to discuss your design ideas and see how they can be incorporated into your home.

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