In the first video in this series, we heard how going green can increase your resale value, lower your utility costs, and make your home a healthier place. The clip provided us with a bunch of handy tricks for transforming a home into a green one, from using recycled or forest-grown lumber to replacing the fireplace with a gas-burning fire box.
But there’s no reason to stop there. In this next video, we’ll learn about even more ways to improve our homes’ eco-friendliness. Some we can do on our own, others we can tackle with the help of a Sacramento green home remodeling contractor. While building a green home might come with some initial costs, you will end up saving money long term through reduced heating, gas, and electricity bills.
To learn more about how you can go green, check out the video below:
And to talk to a Sacramento green home remodeling contractor who can help make your home more eco friendly, please contact Russ Johnson Construction today.
SACRAMENTO HOME CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: The Green Home Guide—Part 2
KATY CARKUFF: Saving and using energy wisely isn’t just green, it’s smart. And the payback is sweet. So if you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, you are in a great position to get ahead of the energy drain. Let’s see where all that energy goes, then we can see where to save it.
Your home needs energy to run. Let’s see… the washer, the dryer, the TVs, the computers, DVD and CD players, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and lights—all those lights!
And the biggest drain of all, accounting for more than half the energy used in your home—the heating and cooling system. But there is good news. By adding some green energy to the equation, you can nick power bills up to 20%, and still keep your home comfy. Here’s how.
JENNIFER PIPPIN: Ask your builder to install a high-efficiency heat pump. He’ll know exactly where those will need to be located, as well as the duct work itself, making sure that you have the house well insulated. And the most important thing is to make sure you ask for a programmable thermostat.
KATY CARKUFF: Just about every part of your home can be efficiency-upgraded—windows, doors, lighting, even appliances.When it comes to windows and doors, you want top-of-the-line, the best performers.
JENNIFER PIPPIN: Windows that have good insulation properties, such as double pane, low E, which is the amount that it allows into the home and out of the home, depending on the time of the year. Do your homework and make sure you’ve really researched what is the best quality window you can afford for your home. That’s not a place you want to skimp.
KATY CARKUFF: So will you pay more for these energy savers? The short answer is yes and no.
JENNIFER PIPPIN: It can cost more to build a green home, sometimes as much as 20% more, depending on the green products you choose to put into your home. But you will realize a great savings over the life of the home.
KATY CARKUFF: Want to take advantage of free energy? Consider how your home is designed, especially where the windows are placed. You want windows situated where you can use the sun’s light for heat, or take advantage of the shade. Simple, effective, and money-saving.
Are you starting to see the light? If so, I hope it’s a CFL (a compact fluorescent lamp). You might’ve seen these before. This squiggly bulb is just the start of savings for you.
New lighting technology can reduce your lighting energy use by 30%. Match the light to the function. Install task lights where needed. Install automatic sensors—lights go on when you walk in the room and off when you leave it. Use timers on the lights inside and outside your home, and install fluorescent lights in high-use areas like the kitchen and family room. They use less energy than incandescent bulbs.
And finally, when it comes to fit your house with electrical appliances, let this simple principle guide you:
JENNIFER PIPPIN: When you’re shopping for appliances, you want to be able to take the time to read labels. You want to look at the labels and see how much energy they use and how much energy they can save you. It’s really important to compare because there are differences in the quality of the appliance and the energy savings you can realize from your choice.
KATY CARKUFF: Hopefully you’re energized by knowing what you put in your home can save you money and keep your house running efficiently for years to come.