When it comes to conserving energy in your home, the first place you should look is in the kitchen. This is the most demanding room in the house when it comes to energy consumption, but there are plenty of ways to conserve here, making your home greener. For example, two different refrigerators may do basically the same job. But one of them might do the job much more efficiently, saving you money on your monthly bills, while also helping to conserve the environment. This is just one of many examples of how you can switch out a like-for-like appliance and still take a big step forward with regards to energy conservation. So, if you are looking to renovate your kitchen and want to go more green, the first thing you should do is hire a Sacramento green home remodeling contractor that has experience comparing and contrasting different appliances to find the one that conserves the most energy.
There are many more examples of how just choosing one type or brand of home item can significantly save energy. Take your fireplace, where your old wood-burner may seem homey, but is also one of the biggest culprits when it comes to allowing controlled air to escape. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fireplace. Your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor can replace your old wood-burning fireplace with a gas fireplace. In general, using gas to power your appliances is a major energy savor. This is especially true in the kitchen, where you may want to replace your electric stove with a gas stove. This will provide you with both a more energy-efficient kitchen and a great stove for cooking your favorite dishes! And don’t forget, energy efficiency can extend outside your home, where the types of plants you choose to landscape with can even make a difference.
To learn more about how your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor can help you choose more energy efficient options for you home, check out the video below:
To talk to an experienced Sacramento green home remodeling contractor about ways to improve energy efficiency in your home, contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO GREEN HOME REMODELING CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Go Green, Part 4 – Choose This Not That
NARRATION: This is the tale of two houses. For the most part, they look very similar. But one is greener than the other. Does that make it more efficient? See what you think.
The kitchen. The heart of the home, and also the most energy demanding room in the house. And the refrigerator, well, it uses more electricity than any other single household appliance. In this kitchen, the refrigerator has a bottom freezer, but it’s not equipped with a through the door ice maker or water dispenser. In our other kitchen, the refrigerator is a side-by-side model and has easy access to water and ice. But which refrigerator conserves more energy?
Choosing a model that has a through the door ice and water maker is a convenient option to select. However, it will cost more to operate this particular type of unit.
Let’s try this again. In this kitchen, the range and oven is powered by electricity. The electric coil burners on the cooktop vary in size. Next door, the range and over is gas powered. The cooktop burners have an electric pilot light starter. Each of the burners are the same size. Which is more efficient? Gas or electric?
In your kitchen, you can choose a gas stove. And make sure you choose one with an electronic pilot ignition. If you choose an electric stove, make sure you choose one with a solid surface. It’s much more efficient than a coil top.
Lighting accounts for about twenty percent of the home’s electricity bill. The most used lights burn in the kitchen. So, which is more efficient? A kitchen that uses one or two larger lights that floor the room with illumination, or a room that uses smaller lights and more of them?
When it comes to lighting a room, less is more. And you want to consider things like task lighting to light the actual work surface where you are operating instead of lighting up the entire room.
Let’s move on to the family room. Here, wall-to-wall carpeting and a wood-burning fireplace make this room seem comfy and inviting. This family room has wood floors covered with several area rugs. The fireplace is a closed gas insert. So, does one family room rate more efficiently than the other?
A wood-burning fireplace might be really nice to look at, but it’s not nearly as efficient as a gas fireplace.
Energy-wise, you can lose a lot of a home’s controlled air through this opening. If you don’t want to give up the allure of a fireplace, consider self-ventilated gas inserts.
As for the walls, paint can make all the difference. Just make sure paint is low or no VOC. Long after the walls are dried, paints with VOCs emit an odor that can irritate.
When it comes to wall-to-wall carpeting, that can actually harbor allergens and dirt and hair, and you really want to consider other options such as area rugs that can be vacuumed or washed regularly.
A landscape can be beautiful without being a water guzzler. Both these home have attractive exteriors and well-maintained front yards. But one home has features that will trim your energy bills. Limit your turf, and limit irrigation. This yard is decked-out with native and drought-hardy plants. They require less water. Be water savvy and include a rain sensor that automatically delays watering during wet weather. And finally, add canopy trees. They add natural shade, as well as curb appeal.
Find your comfort level when adding efficiencies. But the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be when choosing between good, better, and best.