The process of renovating a home can be a daunting one. You think to yourself, “We, the home needs to be remodeled.” But you can’t exactly decide what needs to be done. Other than the obvious leaky roof, rotten basement, old tile, outdated decor and color, you think to yourself that there must be more that you can do in order to add equity into your home investment.
Here are a couple of tips:
First of all, always consult with a contractor if you can before beginning any significant home renovation project. They can give you professional advice related to the issues directly relevant to your home.
Let’s look at going green:
Installing Solar Powered Panels: if you live in abundantly sunny areas, you may want to think about solar energy. Though costly to install, solar powered energy is far more efficient and releases no carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Solar power is used to produce electricity for a home and also to produce heat.
Changing the color of the exterior paint: when repainting the outside of your home, use lighter colors. Lighter colors reflect solar radiation.
Insulating your crawl space, basement or attic: many crawlspaces are vented to the exterior which can cause heat or cool air to be lost. Having your crawl space are well insulated with standard 20-mil vapor barrier liners can lead to increased energy savings. It has been documented that nearly 20% of energy costs originate from heat lost in the crawlspace, basement and attic.
Radiant Heating Systems: consider installing radiant heating to supplement your basement heating systems. LEED and USGBC endorse radiant heating systems as a safer, more energy efficient heating system. That is because radiant heating heats a home from the ground up as opposed to circulating warm air that will simply rise and leave the floor level of a home cold. Radiant heating also provides better equilibrium in temperature inside a house, allowing one to lower standard temperature settings while maintaining the same warmth.
DIY Energy Audit: take the time to document yourself your energy consumption habits. Figure out what you are consuming on a monthly basis and begin implementing some of the above strategies to see those figures begin to decrease. One of the first things to look for when conducting an energy audit is to air leaks. The energy lost in air drafts has been estimated to be anywhere from 5% to 30% per year! Take the time and you will not regret it.