Depending on the scope of your remodeling project, there are a variety of energy efficient options to consider. If your remodeling project saves a specified amount of energy, it can qualify you for the Energy Efficient Mortgage Program, which offers very low mortgage rates.
Many homeowners are faced with the need to improve or expand their existing homes. Provenance Construction Services identifies the causes of uncomfortable rooms, high energy bills, poor indoor air quality and combustion safety concerns, so they can be appropriately addressed in the scope of the renovation.
When building an addition on your home, Provenance Construction Services will inform you of the implications for heating, cooling and ventilation. If you're adding a room above the garage, for example, it may be difficult to keep the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We will pay extra attention to insulation and determine whether the existing heating and cooling equipment will be able to handle the increase in square footage.
Remodeling your attic or basement is a perfect time for us to improve its energy efficiency, while increasing your comfort in the new space. Before the remodel begins, we correct any moisture problems, seal air leaks and install ample insulation and vapor retarders.
Bathrooms often have poorly insulated walls behind showers and bath tubs. As part of your remodeling project we will open these walls to address these issues in order to improve your comfort and increase your home's energy efficiency. During the remodel, we will make sure that all plumbing and electrical penetrations are properly air sealed. To control moisture in the air from showers and baths, and to help prevent mold and mildew growth, we will install a properly sized ventilation fan.
As an Energy Smart Contractor, we can work with you to go over scenarios to start your project the right way.
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Additional energy saving tips:
- Closing doors to unused rooms reduces your electric bill if you also remember to close the vent; it cuts down on heating and cooling costs.
- Turning off the air-conditioning unit during the cooler hours of the day or turning down your heater by only a few degrees can make a serious dent in utility bills costs.
- Unplugging small appliances helps cut costs, as phantom energy drain caused by items left in over time wastes energy and drives up costs.
- If you are not next to a lamp and using it or in a room where a light bulb is needed, it does not need to be left on.
- Shutting down computers at night prevents phantom energy drain; it also lessens the chances of a machine being hit by a power surge (if you are thinking in terms of gambling Vegas odds).
- Even televisions use up power when they’re turned off, so unplugging them when they’re not being watched saves energy.
- “A $30 power strip known as the Smart Strip automatically cuts power to devices that don’t need it when they’re off, such as a DVD player, while maintaining power to those that do, such as a cable box….”, annual potential savings: $15 says US News Money
- Wait until you can fill up your dishwasher before running it. And if you have a heated-dry option, switch it off. Prop open the door a bit after the cycle to air dry your load.
- If you have an electric cooktop, turn the burners off a few minutes before the allotted cooking time. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more electricity.
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