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Green Remodeling Part 2 of 2: Using Green, Energy-Efficient Products as You Remodel

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Last week we focused on planning for a green remodel, Energy saving remodeling MNwith the intention of saving you money and energy down the road.  This week we’re going to discuss green products you may want to implement as you remodel your home with energy-savings in mind.  Consider these important categories:

Electrical: Research newer light fixtures that utilize less energy.  And choose energy-saving light bulbs to go with them!  Energy-saving light bulbs can make a long term difference in your energy bill — changing out just one lightbulb in your home to an energy-star certified lightbulb can save you $6 a year in electricity costs and more than $40 over its lifetime.  Imagine that number times all of the lightbulbs in your home!

Plumbing:  Less is more when it comes to water!  Many new plumbing products exist today that are high-effeciency or low-flow, ultimately saving 20-30% more water than the previous generation of products.  Water efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets have all taken the market by storm.  Not sure where to turn for more details or what facts to trust?  The EPA’s WaterSense program labels water-efficient plumbing fixtures that have been independently tested and certified to meet efficiency and performance standards.

Windows & Doors:  Look for features like low-emissivity (low-e) glass ratings, which represents a window glazing that can help control solar heat gain and loss.  Multiple panels of glass, a good window frame, and additives such as argon between glass panels for insulation are also features to keep an eye out for in windows and doors, keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer.  Adding a skylight to a room when remodeling is also a good way to save electricity — it can greatly reduce energy costs when properly placed.  Want a clearer understanding? Energy.gov offers performance ratings for windows, doors, and skylights.

These are just a few areas that can effect the overall functionality of your home.  If creating a green environment and eco-friendly home is important to you, then take the time to evaluate all of the products you bring into your home during the remodeling process.

  • Check product facts, making sure that hype translates to a product that is truly green.
  • Evaluate the lifespan of your products and whether they can be recycled or reused later.
  • Consider product ingredients and materials to see if they’re toxin-free.

Making smart choices will bring you one step closer to the healthy, eco-friendly, and energy-savings home you want to have!

Remodeling questions?  Connect with us here at Sass Construction to evaluate your project today!  Serving Chanhassen, Chaska, the West Metro area, and surrounding Twin Cities MN suburbs.