Energy-Efficient Home Improvement Ideas

When making home improvements, most of us will start with upgrades involving the home insulation, roofing, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems. These improvements are designed to save money on our utility bills, which is a major expense in our household budget. Going green with these improvements is number one in today’s environmentally friendly world, whenever possible. There’s everything available to do this at most large home improvement centers like Lowes and Menards. The experienced staff at these stores can help you with ideas if need be. They carry everything from paint to windows to complete your remodeling projects.

If you’re remodeling the kitchen, Energy Star qualified appliances are available. Buying products you intend to keep for a long time is one of greenest things you can do. An induction range that only heats one pan at a time is very energy efficient, but can be a little costly. The one I found cost about $3200. It was a Kenmore product, but there are other brands available too. If you don’t want to replace your whole stove to get the benefits of green heat, portable single burner units from several manufacturers are available to make induction cooking more affordable. A Circulon brand 13″ round unit burner is available for around $250. It’s easy enough to use anywhere there’s an electrical outlet.

Updating the bathroom with more efficient faucets, toilets, and showerheads are worth the replacement cost. Federal regulations guarantee that any of these replacements purchased today qualify as low-flow. The restrictions require 1.6 gallons of water per flush, and bath faucets and showerheads use no more than 2.2 to 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

A new innovative washer does 3 baskets of laundry in one load. It uses a wash plate instead of an agitator, freeing up space to do more laundry at once. The direct inject wash system virtually eliminates the need to pretreat. This new washer, the Cabrio is made by Whirlpool.

Replacing incandescent bulbs and fixtures with compact flourescents is an easy way to save energy. Go to energystar.gov for a list of qualified models.

Hanging a shade and curtain panel for a pulled together look on your new windows is a dynamic duo that can help cut energy costs.

Reuse is an easy way to go eco friendly and save money on remodeling costs, if possible. You’ll be surprised what a good coat of paint can do. Try to purchase one coat coverage paint. It may be a little pricier, but will save time and cost in the end.

These are a few ideas I found for energy-efficient home improvement. Searching websites, home remodeling books and magazines, and home improvement stores will give you a mirage of ideas for your projects.