If a home renovation is on your agenda, consider a few improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient and sustainable. A few updates can improve the impact your home has on the environment, and your bank account. Sustainable homes can go a long way into saving money on bills.
Whether adding an addition to your home or renovating a room, the insulation used impacts the energy efficiency of a building. Updated spray foam solutions for insulation may be the best bet for efficiency. Regarding performance, spray foam insulation is substantially more effective than standard fiberglass insulation. Spray foam insulation can also have a lifespan of more than four times that of fiberglass.
Certainly, when installing new windows opt for an energy-efficient option. If your windows do not need to be replaced, a more cost-effective solution is to guard against air leaks by ensuring windows have proper weather-stripping. This can help prevent costly loss of heat and air. One way to see if a window or door is not properly sealed is with a candle. Light the candle and guide it around the edges and see if any flickering occurs from airflow due to a poor seal.
Save on the water heating costs by installing a tankless, or on-demand, water heater. On-demand water heaters help prevent the energy waste that occurs with storage-tank heaters. Tankless heaters are more efficient by only warming water as needed. These water heaters can also have up to twice the lifespan as storage-tank heaters.
There are other opportunities to make your home more sustainable and energy-efficient. Upgrade appliances to energy-efficient options. Add solar panels to supplement the cost of electricity. Use low flow toilets and faucets to save on water bills, as well as help reduce water waste. Be diligent about researching the best options for your home, and start on your way to the savings.