Posts Tagged ‘Green Remodeling Twin Cities’

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. 

Green Remodeling Part 1 of 2: Green Remodeling to Protect Your Home & Save You Money

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Remodeling, in and of itself, is green.  Rather than starting from scratch, you are making use of resources and space that already exist.  Go you!  Green Remodeling Tips Twin CitiesBut now that you’re making the effort to remodel, let’s discuss what other eco-friendly or “green” decisions you can make that will ultimately protect your home (and your pocketbook) in the long run.   Here are a few strategies you might want to consider as you make remodeling decisions:

*Make a Plan – Green remodeling is purposeful and requires a good plan in order to create a home that is comfortable, energy efficient, and healthy.  Decide which remodeling efforts must be completed now, and which can wait till later, and then create a plan to do them with the least amount of waste.

*Consider Energy Use – Though we would all love to live in a zero energy home (where your home produces as much energy as it consumes) this can be a costly project to retrofit.   Start with smaller changes and work your way up to bigger ones.  Here are some energy-efficiency ideas:

  • Insulate windows and doors – This simple step can keep you from losing one third of your home’s heat during the winter and prevent just as much from coming in during the summer.
  • Check your attic and walls for proper insulation – Since heat rises, starting in your attic will make a difference in energy loss.  If you already have proper insulation in your attic, check the insulation on your exterior walls next.  Today technology exists that can take a reading of you home to determine what areas need extra insulation to preserve warmth.
  • Take big steps when necessary – Extensive changes, such as a new boiler or a window replacement, cost more and take longer, but may be your next steps.

*Re-use and Recycle – As you tackle bigger remodeling jobs, decide which aspects of your home can be reused and recycle as much of the waste as possible.

*Implement green products as you replace and remodel.  (Read more on this in part 2 here!)

Not sure where to start?  Check out this Green Building Strategy Checklist and decide which steps might be a good fit for your home or remodeling project.

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Ready to jump-start that remodeling job or make your home more energy-efficient (& cost-effective)?  Contact us here at Sass Construction in the Twin Cities to begin creating a remodeling plan today!