When people try to figure out how they can be more green in their lives, many options come to mind. From fuel efficient cars, to using less paper goods, to carpooling to work, there are tons of ways we can all make a difference. But possibly the best way to help the environment is to make sure you are being as energy efficient as possible in your own home. There are many ways you can do this, and they all have the added benefit of saving you money on your power bill. Some of these green home improvements, such as switching to more energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs, can be made with just a quick trip to the hardware store. But others may require larger changes to your home. For these changes, it is best that you contact a Sacramento green home remodeling contractor who has experience improving the energy efficiency in their clients’ homes.
So, how can a home remodeling contractor help you create a more energy efficient living environment? It all starts with your heating and air conditioning system, which is responsible for the majority of your monthly energy use. To improve your energy efficiency here, you contractor may be able to install a more efficient system and improve the insulation in your home. This may include making changes to your duct work, and possibly even switching out your windows for new ones that are much more insulated. Just making these simple changes can have a huge effect on both the environment and your monthly energy bill. Another place your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor may be able to improve energy efficiency in your home is with your appliances. Nowadays, certain appliances are made specifically to be energy efficient. You contractor can help you pick out the perfect ones!
To hear more about how your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor can help make your home more energy efficient and save you on your power bills, please watch the video below:
To talk to an experienced Sacramento green home remodeling contractor about making your home more energy efficient, please contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO GREEN HOME REMODELING CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Go Green, Part 2 – Energy Efficiency
NARRATION: 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. The washer and dryer, TVs, the computer, DVD and CD players, refrigerators, dishwasher, microwave, and the lights. And the biggest drain of them all, accounting for more than half of the energy used in your home, the heating and cooling systems. But there is some good news. By adding some green energy to the equation, you can nick power bills by up to twenty percent, and still keep your home comfy. Here’s how.
Ask you 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 that you ask for a programmable thermostat.
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.
Windows that have good insulation properties such as double-pane, low-e (which is the amount of heat they let into the home, and/or out of the home, depending on the time of the year). Do your homework and make sure you research what really is the best quality window you can afford for your home. That’s not a place you want to skimp.
So will you pay more for these energy savers? The short answer is yes… and no.
It can cost more to build a green home. Sometimes as much as twenty percent more. It depends on the green products that you choose to put into your home. But you will realize a great savings over the life of the home.
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 C.F.L. A compact fluorescent lamp. You might have seen these before. This squiggly bulb is just the start of savings for you. New lighting technologies can reduce your lighting energy use by thirty percent. Match the light to the functions. 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 fitting your house with electrical appliances, let this simple principle guide you.
When you are 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.
Hopefully you’re energized by knowing that what you put in your home can save you money and keep your house running efficiently for years to come.