If you’ve scheduled a big remodeling project for the spring, it may be time to upgrade your home in more than one way. Whether you replace the bathroom, kitchen or any other part of your home, you can make it more energy efficient at the same time. Here are four great tips to help lower your energy bill.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Of course, one of the easiest ways to conserve energy is with new energy efficient appliances. A new fridge, oven, microwave, washer/dryer or even aircon unit and other appliances can help cut energy costs. If you’re replacing these items anyway, why not choose an energy efficient model? Its one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take according to Ian Smith from Aircon Scotland
Insulate Recessed Lights
Recessed lights typically protrude into an attic or another un-insulated space. If this is the case, make sure you don’t create an air leak when installing this type of lighting. You want to insulate the actual light or you may spend more money heating and cooling your home than necessary.
Replace your HVAC Ducts
If part of your remodel includes replacing the HVAC ducts in your home, find out if it’s possible to run these somewhere other than the attic or another unconditioned air space. With a new set of ducts, installed in the right way, you can save quite a bit on your heating and cooling.
Add a Humidistat to Your Bathroom
An automatic humidistat will not only help to conserve energy, but can also keep mold from growing in your home. This device will automatically turn your bathroom fan on and off when it detects moisture in the bathroom. This is a simple upgrade if you’re remodeling the bathroom.
These are just four of the many things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. You can also add insulation to certain parts of your home, caulk around window molding and many other things to cut your energy bills when you remodel.