Improving Energy Efficiency in a New or Remodeled Home

 

Whether you’re building your dream home from scratch or remodeling your home into something a little closer to the house you’ve always wanted, you’re likely running down a list of must-haves that will increase your home equity. From kitchen islands to walk-in closets, you’ve probably thought of it all. However, one thing you may not have considered is improving your home’s energy efficiency, which could reduce your energy bills for as long as you live there and boost your home’s value should you sell later.

Windows

If you aren’t feeling a draft, you may not realize how much your inefficient windows are costing you daily. Windows and doors are both key points where heated or cooled air can seep out of your home, forcing your HVAC unit to work even harder and for longer to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your house. This wastes energy, which you’ll see on your monthly bill and feel in your wallet.

If your home currently has inefficient single-pane windows or windows with no low-e film for insulation, you may wish to switch them out for high-efficiency models instead during your remodeling or building project. Ensure the windows you choose are tight-fitting, well-sealed, double-paned and have a low-e film on the inside. Applying a reflective film on the external surface of your windows could also reduce your energy costs.

Fixtures

When you use water, you use energy. Heating the water that runs through your home’s plumbing requires a lot of energy, so it’s in your best interest to ensure you use your heated water wisely. While you’re in the middle of your project, you might want to consider replacing inefficient water fixtures with low-flow options. A new low-flow toilet can even save you up to 20,000 gallons of water per year.1 Needless to say, if you replace all your home’s toilets, faucets, showerheads and other water fixtures with higher-efficiency varieties, you’ll reap even bigger savings on your energy and water bills.

Construction

While your home’s walls are still bare and accessible, you can make vital changes to the home’s construction that could help save you money on your energy bills later. Lumber can disrupt airflow and temperature regulation. For this reason, you might want to consider reducing the amount of wooden framing your home has as much as possible. The extra space freed up by using less framing can allow your contractor to install even more insulation, resulting in even better energy efficiency. This may also be the time to consider replacing your roof and adding extra sealing to your ductwork, windows and doors. The more insulation your home has against the elements, the less you’ll have to spend on running your HVAC unit.

Spend Less, Enjoy More

When you remodel an existing house or build your home from the ground up, you can feel pressure to make sure you’re being heard and check your project’s progress. With the right contractor on your side, though, you can sit back and enjoy the results instead of fretting over schedules. If you’re building or remodeling your home in the New Orleans area, you can trust the professional contractors at Design Management Group to take the reins and advocate for you every step of the way. We assist with everything from design to finished product, providing attentive, transparent service and communication at every milestone. Let us help you design and build your dream home. Contact us online or call (504) 275-6664 to schedule a design consultation today!

1 https://www3.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/hi-eff_toilet.pdf