Archive for the ‘eco remodeling’ Category

Eco Friendly Pool Design

Pool construction going green

Pool construction going green

More and more families are searching for eco-friendly and green ways to create a modern pool design in their backyards. There are several options with minor pool renovations in Stamford, CT to create this type of design. A few tips and tricks are below. These will help you to get some ideas to create a natural, eco-friendly oasis in your space. These can be safe at the same time, with a few safety measures being put in place. Continue reading

How to Renovate the Electrical System

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Energy Efficient label

Renovating your electrical system can boost your home’s value. Before calling an electrician in Dunwoody There are many things to consider when planning a renovation of the electrical system.  How do you cut into drywall to run wire?  What is the electrical sub-panel?  What is the service panel?

When considering an electrical renovation, you may need to cut into the drywall to run wires through the wall. The first thing you can do is to cut out three sides of a square where the work will be done. Leave the fourth side intact so that you can use it as a hinge. Continue reading

How to Reduce Summer Utility Bills

Air Conditioning Thermostat

`Heating and Air Conditioning Thermostat

Well folks, summer is just around the corner here in sunny Providence New Jersey.  Getting your home ready for the warm summer is equally as important as weatherizing your home for the chilly winter.    There are ways to prep your house for summer and trim your cooling bills.  Most of us cringe before opening our electric bills during the summer.  We know it’s going to sting a little but just how much is the question.  Hopefully in this article we can help curb that anxiety. Continue reading

Energy Star Replacement Windows

replacement windows

Energy efficient replacement windows

Windows are multi-purposeful. They provide a certain aesthetic quality for the home and can be very complimentary of both the interior and exterior design of a home. They can allow sun to warm the home in the winter months, provide ventilation, allow natural light and a beautiful view for homeowners. The down side is that they can also contribute to up to one fourth of the heating bill when they allow for heat exchange. During the heat of the summer the air conditioner will have to work harder to cool air that is also being heated through sunny windows. Energy Star replacement windows can help give homeowners a break on their energy bills.

What types of energy efficient windows are best?

If the windows in your home are only single paned, then it would be beneficial to replace them with double-paned windows that contain low-e or high performance glass. Gas filled windows can reduce heat loss in colder climates; and in warmer climates homeowners would choose windows with selective coatings to help reduce solar heat gain. There are also some tips that can help make energy efficient windows in Baltimore offer an improved performance. Continue reading

How to Reduce Utility Bills

Weather proofing

Weather Stripping

Whether it is extremely hot or cold, homeowners and renters alike can face very large utility bills. As energy costs continue to increase we can anticipate that our costs are likely to continue in an upward trend. With utility costs increasing and the troubled economy everyone is looking for ways to save money. There are a few ways that may be effective at reducing home utility costs. Here are a few ideas on ways to save on utility bills without making huge investments of time or money.

Adding Insulation and Weather-stripping

Whether it is summer or winter the home can be more comfortable for less money if it is well insulated. Energy Star has estimated that about 20% of your heating and cooling costs can be saved by adequately insulating the home. Adding insulation is a relatively easy task which you can do yourself and almost immediately start realizing savings. Don’t forget that you can also insulate your water heater and help save some on water heating costs. Light switches and electrical outlets can also be insulated to prevent leakage of air. This is especially useful if they are on an outside wall. Weather-stripping is also an easy do-it-yourself project that will not require a lot of time or expense. Weather-stripping around doors can help keep indoor air inside and outdoor air out which means your heater or air conditioner will not have to work as hard to keep you comfortable. Continue reading

Benefits of energy Efficient Windows

Energy Efficient Windows

Energy Efficient Windows

Proper maintenance is important to protecting the investment that has been made in a home. Various types of home remodeling projects such as purchasing replacement windows is a way to extend this investment and protect the value of the home. Over the last few years there have been many improvements made to replacement windows in general so that there are many advantages to taking on this type of home improvement project. There can be many benefits for the Silicon Valley home that extends beyond simply protecting the initial investment.

Aesthetic Improvements

Replacement windows are available in many different styles and designs so it is easy for the Silicon Valley homeowner to choose a style that is complimentary of the exterior design of the home. Different materials used for frame construction can offer a variety of style statements to the home and improve the home’s curb appeal greatly. They also improve the interior aesthetics of a room. Replacement windows are constructed of high quality materials and can greatly improve the overall aesthetics of the home. Continue reading

How Do I Make My Home More Energy Efficient?

Energy Efficient House

Energy Efficient House

Many times homeowners engage in home remodeling projects which are designed to help the home be more energy efficient.  While there are bigger projects such as replacement windows and reroofing projects that can be very beneficial, there are also a few ways to make a home more energy efficient without breaking the bank. Northern NJ homeowners can benefit from the following ideas designed to whittle down the energy bills without costing an enormous amount of money upfront.

Refrigerator Replacement

It sounds too simple really, but simply replacing your refrigerator can translate into quite the energy savings. This appliance can be one of the biggest energy users in the house. Just over the last 5 years this particular appliance has undergone major changes in terms of energy use. For instance, when you compare the best “energy star” fridge from 2001 with the latest models available with today’s Energy Star rating you would see between a 20 and 40 percent improvement in terms of energy use. It can be beneficial and energy efficient to replace other appliances such as dryers and dishwashers as well. Continue reading