Home Remodeling and Energy Conservation

Some ideas to consider while remodeling your home that will help you save energy:

  • If the insulation in your attic is level with or below the floor joists, add more. Keep this rule of thumb (compliments of the Residential Energy Services Network) in mind whenever you venture into your attic.
  • Installing aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets is an effective way to save water and energy on water heating. When replacing faucet aerators, bring your old aerator to the store to be sure you purchase the correct size. Avoiding a second trip will help you conserve fuel—another source of energy!
  • The energy savings you achieve with a tankless water heater depends on the amount of water you use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, on-demand water heaters are as much as 34 percent more efficient than conventional water heaters in homes that use 41 gallons of hot water or fewer every day; they’re 8-14 percent more efficient in homes that use about 86 gallons each day.