Green building isn’t just for new construction anymore!

Many remodelers are already incorporating many green practices into their projects, such as energy efficient windows, “Energy Star” appliances, low flow plumbing fixtures and designs that minimize lumber and material waste. American Housing Remodeling, Inc. realizes this and knows a home can be considered green when energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality considerations are incorporated into the process of adding a room addition on to a home. Green homeowners can appreciate the fact that they are doing something good for the environment and their family.

Some “Energy Saving” ideas to incorporate into a home are:

Compact Fluorescent Lighting: One of the easiest things you can do is to change your light bulbs. It’s best to switch out incandescent bulbs with CFLs in areas that are lit for extended periods of time, typically two hours or longer. Programmable Thermostats: Install a programmable thermostat to set your heating and cooling equipment to automatically turn on or off to match your schedule and create a comfortable and energy-efficient living environment.

Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans and dehumidifiers use less energy than air conditioners and can help to make the home comfortable during the warm months.

ENERGY STAR® appliances: When buying or replacing appliances, choose energy-efficient models. Federal ENERGY STAR-rated appliances are designed to use 10%-50% less energy than standard appliances and save an average of 30% over standard models. Front-loading clothes washers: Front-loading clothes washers use less water, less energy, and less detergent. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, front-loading washing machines can use about 40 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than conventional washers. Insulation: These days, you have a choice of insulation materials. You may be interested in environmentally-friendly materials such as energy-efficient spray foam insulation. Right-Sized HVAC Equipment: When you decide to remodel, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s heating and cooling equipment. Selecting more efficient, correctly sized heating and cooling equipment will save money. Remember that bigger does not always mean better. For the most efficient system, you really want your HVAC system to meet your needs, not surpass them. High Performance Low-E Windows: Consider replacing single-pane windows with high performance double pane insulated Low-E windows. The Low-E coating is a microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metal or metallic oxide layer deposited on the window glazing surface primarily to reduce the U-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow.

For more information on our “Green” construction procedures and products, call us at 727-546-6611.

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