Although “going green” has become a trendy cliche in our society, it is also a great idea. Adding energy saving elements to a home saves homeowners, on average, 20% of their heating and cooling costs according to energystar.gov.
Below are some quick green remodeling tips that will save you money and help save our environment for future generations.
Windows are by far the most popular way to cut down on your gas and electric bill by trading in old technology for high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows. These windows block out the heat from the sun while letting in the light. Energy efficient windows don’t allow your heat or air conditioning to escape making your home more comfortable and your utility bill more manageable.
Sealing and insulation
Many people are losing air through their doors, windows and roofs. Sealing gaps and cracks in these areas is a way to quickly end that costly output.
Add dimmer switches
Dimmer switches allow you to use just the amount of light that you need at any given time of day or for any activity. If you’re having a meal, watching TV or reading you may not need as much light as you do for activities such as cooking or putting together a puzzle. Likewise, when the midday sun is coming through the windows you may need little to no artificial light.
Program your thermostat
With a programmable thermostat you can adjust the temperature when no one is home or when you are sleeping. This helps to keep your heating and air unit from working unnecessarily.
Add sky lights
Natural light can help reduce your energy costs. There’s no need to turn on any artificial lighting on a beautiful sunny day. Natural light is also universally flattering and can even help ward off the blues.
If you are considering any of these changes, give us a call or send us an email. We can stop by for a free estimate today so you can start saving money and living green tomorrow.