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Conservation and Construction 101

Today, conservation and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand with home improvement. If you are planning a bathroom remodel, room addition, or kitchen remodel, consider the project an opportunity to make your home more efficient and help you conserve money and energy.

Conservation-and-Construction

Lighting

Installing LED lights during your home remodel can help you save some serious money on monthly energy bills. LED light bulbs last far longer than incandescent bulbs and up to 10 times longer than compact fluorescents. They can also keep your house cooler by producing much less heat than typical light bulbs. LED lights have no delicate filament, making them more durable against damage from bumping. While more expensive than traditional light bulbs, LED bulbs compensate for the price difference by virtue of their energy efficiency and longevity.

Heating

One of the simplest ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to ensure that it is well insulated. Inspect your home for any places where air can enter and seal them to help keep cool air inside during the summer and the heat in during the winter. Closing these gaps will also help keep unwanted moisture and pests from getting into your home. Next, check your windows to see how well insulated they are. It’s especially important to inspect your windows for gaps and air flow if you own an older home that hasn’t had its windows replaced in decades. If you are having any home remodeling done, invest in energy efficient windows as part of the project.

Water

Conserving water is easy and can cut your water bill drastically. If you are beginning a bathroom remodel, choose a low flow showerhead to help reduce your water usage. Consider collecting rainwater to use for your yard, and think about replacing your lawn with native plants. When it’s time to invest in new appliances, select water-efficient dishwashers and laundry machines.