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Remodeling Tips To Improve Efficiency

Attic Conversion

Make your attic a comfortable and energy-efficient living space?

Prescription Checklist:

  • Control air leakage throughout the house by air sealing the attic space.
  • Keep your new attic space comfortable and energy efficient by insulating the walls and ceilings.
  • If you are replacing windows, doors, and skylights, install those with the ENERGY STAR label to save money and energy while increasing your comfort.
  • To brighten up your attic space select ENERGY STAR light fixtures: suspended lights, ceiling-mounted lights, cabinet lights, recessed lights, or compact fluorescent bulbs. 

Kitchen Remodel

To save money and energy year after year when remodeling your kitchen:

  • Install ENERGY STAR labeled appliances (e.g., refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers)
  • Install ENERGY STAR- labeled lighting (e.g., light fixtures: suspended lights, ceiling-mounted lights, cabinet lights, recessed lights, and compact fluorescent bulbs)

If your remodeling plans include opening walls you could improve your comfort and the energy efficiency of your home by adding insulation and air sealing. If you are replacing the windows, doors, and skylights, install those with the ENERGY STAR label to make your kitchen the most energy efficient on the block.

Home Entertainment

Did you know that you can save money and improve the acoustics of your home theater by making it more energy efficient?

  • Insulate and air seal your home theater to reduce outside noise and keep theater noise from bothering any neighboring rooms.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label on TVs, VCRs, DVDs, home audio products, and other electronics. Typically, these items use almost the same amount of energy whether off or on, but ENERGY STAR labeled home electronics power down to require only a few watts when turned off.

Home Office

Did you know that incandescent lights and inefficient office equipment create substantial waste heat? This added heat could make the temperature in your office uncomfortable and increase your cooling costs. To reduce cooling costs and save energy:

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when choosing computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners, and multifunction devices. 
  • Make sure your home PC is using its power management capabilities. A screen saver does not save energy, but an enabled ENERGY STAR labeled monitor will conserve energy by going blank after a preset period of inactivity. 
  • Incorporate ENERGY STAR qualified lighting to reduce eyestrain and save money. 
  • Replace existing bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs that burn less hot than halogens or incandescent bulbs and use less energy to operate.

Building an Addition

Incorporating energy efficiency into your addition can improve the comfort and safety of your home while saving you money and energy. Consider the following when planning your addition:

  • Install ENERGY STAR labeled lighting to save up to one-third on your lighting costs. Learn about light fixtures and compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Install ENERGY STAR labeled windows, doors, and skylights appropriate for your climate region. The location and type of windows and doors will affect the comfort and efficiency of your home.
  • Consider passive solar designs that take advantage of solar heat gain in cold climates, and shading to block heat from the sun in warm climates.
  • Install properly sized ENERGY STAR labeled heating and cooling equipment. In addition to being efficient, ENERGY STAR furnaces and boilers have sealed combustion chambers that reduce the risk posed by carbon monoxide. 
  • Seal your ducts in unconditioned space to save energy and improve comfort.
  • Consider using advanced framing techniques (794 KB) to allow for an increased amount of insulation and less thermal bridging. 
  • Install appropriate levels of insulation in the walls, ceiling, and floor. 
  • Air seal to reduce outside air infiltration. 
  • Ensure proper ventilation for the appropriate amount of air exchange and healthier indoor air quality.

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