Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Green Remodeling Tips (2)

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) Windows - by installing double pane, low-E windows, you can significantly reduce the effects of heat conduction and convection in the home.

(2) Tankless Water Heaters - or "On Demand" water heaters can increase your monthly energy savings. Heating water accounts for 15-30% of an average home's energy budget. Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as needed, as opposed to a traditional water heater that regularly heats large amounts of water that are then stored and ultimately lose heat and energy.

(3) Water Conservation - products like low-flow toilets and shower fixtures, rain barrels and high-efficiency drainage systems, can save an average of 15-30 gallons of water per day.

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