Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Green Remodeling Tips (1)

As spring and summer approach, we all reluctantly think of the dreaded energy costs associated with the Carolina heat. Here are several cost-effective, "Green Remodeling" tips you can easily implement as we prepare for the heat.

(1) Attic Insulation - adding additional attic insulation will help stop heat transfer during the summer. A rule of thumb is if you can see the tops of your ceiling joists, you probably need more insulation.

(2) Installing Radiant Barriers in the Attic - radiant barriers reflect radiant heat energy transferred through infrared radiation from the sun. The sun's rays travel through the roof and heat the air molecules trapped in the attic and house. This causes air conditioners to work harder to cool the air. Properly installed radiant barriers work with insulation and can block up to 97% of the sun's rays. This can reduce monthly energy costs by 17%.

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