When it comes to renovating a home there will always be some obstacles to tackle, When it comes to doing it green it comes with its own set of challenges . But, as with anything, if you know the right information and some forethought it is well worth the extra effort.
Below you will read some tips and inforation to get you started on your eco-friendly renovation.
To begin decide which areas of the home should be remodeled?
What style would you like to see in the finished product?
What is the budget for this project?
Once that has been decided its time to look at how to make it happen in an environmentally conscious way. Most people are not able to afford to make thier home completly eco-friendly all at once, so be realistic with the alterations you choose to fit with your current lifestyle
Be sure to find a contractor that has knowledge and experience in environmentaly conscious remodeling. They’ll be able to provide valuable insights on which products to buy and which factors will have the biggest environmental impact. When searching for a green contractor, look up well-known contractors in your area and their certifications. Here are a few notable national certifications to look for:
National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) – Green Certified Professional (GCP)
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – Certified Green Professional (CGP)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) — LEED Professional Credentials
Green Advantage (GA) — Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP)
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) — Certified Green Contractor
Adding insulation: Proper insulation is vital because it keeps warm and cool air from escaping your home. By keeping the temperature consistent, your HVAC will use less energy, which could end up saving you up to 40% on your utility bills.
Buy energy-efficient appliances: Another way to conserve energy is by investing in energy-efficient appliances. While the savings you’ll see will vary by model, a home improvement store like Home Depot will have plenty of options for you to choose from.
Install solar panels: Solar panels allow you to harness energy from the sun’s rays. In addition to having the ability to sustain your own home, many electric companies offer programs where they buy back any excess.
Check out tankless water heaters: The benefit of tankless water heaters is that they only heat water while in use rather than continually cycled. On average, they lead to energy savings between 27%-50% on your utility bills.
Commit to sustainable building materials: Focus on choosing building materials that are biodegradable and sustainably procured. If possible, consider using some reclaimed materials.
Choose geothermal energy over an HVAC: Geothermal energy is an air-delivery system that pumps heat from below the earth’s surface into your home. The EPA estimates that these systems can help you save between $400-$1,500 per year.
Replace windows with Energy Star models: A study by Energy Star found that, on average, homes lose 30% of their heating and cooling energy through the windows. Replacing them can save you up to $500 per year.
Consider a Smart Thermostat: Smart Thermostats allow you to turn down your HVAC when you’re not using it and back up before you need it, giving you more control over your energy usage. The Smart Thermostats learn from your lifstyles and will make energy saving adjustments. You could save up to $180 a year, according to SaveOnEnergy.com. I have a Nest at my home and I love it.
For more information text or call Donnie Keller at (817) 932-4900