Smart And Energy-Efficient Options For Your Home, From Floor To Roof

When you are planning remodels and upgrades around your home, consider some energy-efficient options that will not only make your home more cost-efficient, but that will bring your home a step closer to sustainability. Try the following strategies to add some energy-efficient elements to your new or refurbished property:

Flooring

Don't overlook insulation before installing your new flooring, and you will find that many flooring manufacturers offer styles that are made of recycled materials. Refurbishing instead of replacing is always a prudent, environmentally-friendly approach. Also, be sure to use floor guards around the vents and heat sources of the home to circulate warmth more effectively throughout the home.

Plumbing

There are a number of ways to conserve water usage in the home, and many new water heaters and timers will cut down on the utility bills, including the cost for sewer and septic. When plumbing is not on the list of refurbishment projects, make simple strides toward lowering your water consumption by adding a toilet dam to the tank of your home's toilet. Adding a water-resistant, weighted object to the tank can reduce usage by gallons every time that you flush.

Walls

Heat escapes the home by traveling up the walls and out the windows. While energy-efficient windows are often used by consumers to lower their costs, walls are typically ignored during such upgrades. Add insulation under the walls, and know that everything you hang or secure to the wall serves as additional insulation in the home. Hang pictures, shelving, or swatches of fabric to add another layer of insulation to the home's primary spaces.

Stairs

You may already have some clever plans in place to optimize the use of space under stairs in your home. Did you know that filling these areas in can also serve to insulate the steps and keep feet warmer? Consider projects such as turning risers into drawers that you fill with bedding, apparel, and other items, for excellent storage potential.

Roof

There are a number of recycled roofing materials available at affordable costs and in broad selections. Another option is a living roof, which provides excellent insulation for the home against the elements, but also that can become a bountiful garden for plants, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Be sure that the structure of the home will support the added weight of soil and water before implementing.

Try these tips when planning your home's construction or remodel, and enjoy the utility savings that you will see on your next bill. These strategies also are more eco-friendly, utilizing alternative energy sources, creative recycling, and sustainable features, which is good for the environment, too. Talk to a professional like Uskoa Construction LLC for more information.

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