August 1, 2024 |

Remodeling? Build in Energy Efficiency

Are you planning a home renovation? It's a great chance to remake your energy bill, as well. From lighting to appliances to building materials, your choices can help improve your home's comfort and efficiency.


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Consider ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances

Adding new appliances? Purchase an ENERGY STAR®-qualified refrigerator and dishwasher; they use less energy than standard models. Install high-efficiency LED fixtures and lamps for under-cabinet and ceiling lighting. LEDs use 75 percent less energy than conventional lamps and last a lot longer.


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Picture a bathroom that conserves water and energy.

Install WaterSense-labeled low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to conserve water and reduce your water heating costs. While you're at it, seal air leaks and install the appropriate insulation in the walls behind tubs and showers. Finally, control moisture and save energy by installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified ventilation fans.


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  Add living space while keeping energy costs low.

By finishing your basement, you can add living space without adding to your energy budget. Insulate basement walls and crawl spaces based on recommended levels. Seal air leaks around plumbing and wiring holes on outside walls. Replace older, single-pane windows with glass block or ENERGY STAR®-certified high-performance windows. It's also a great opportunity to replace your old clothes washer and dryer with new ENERGY STAR models.


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Advanced framing can help improve the insulating value of new walls. 

Room addition
A bigger home doesn't necessarily mean bigger energy bills. Ask your contractor about advanced framing techniques. Advanced framing can help improve the insulating value of your new walls. Make sure all new windows and doors are ENERGY STAR®-certified. Heating and cooling for an expanded home is also a factor. If you need to upgrade, choose ENERGY STAR-certified systems. Ductless mini-split heat pumps can also provide high-efficiency heating and cooling for your addition.


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 Contact your electric cooperative for energy efficiency rebates or help with a home energy audit.

Home energy audit
If you're not planning a major renovation, you can still improve the efficiency of your home. Call our office for a home energy audit to assess your home. You'll receive a customized list of energy-saving recommendations and information on our rebate programs that will improve comfort and efficiency all year long.