Whether you are well into your renovation, or about to start in short order, you should give some thought to incorporating energy efficient design and products for any upgrade or home improvement project. Homeowners are often concerned with the overall architectural and structural plans. But focusing entirely on aesthetics doesn’t lend enough thought towards energy efficiency.
EiEiHome spoke to Nick Malfara, President of Design-Spec Building Group Ltd., to learn about energy efficiency when it comes to choosing designs and products. He shared a few ideas that will positively affect the general comfort of your space and save costs when it comes to heating, cooling and operating your household.
“Whatever you are considering and regardless of the scale, it pays to incorporate energy efficient design and products into your project,” Nick explained. “You’ll not only save money, but will get added satisfaction knowing that you’re doing your part to have a positive impact on the environment, while reducing your carbon footprint.”
In a general sense, upgrading your insulation can result in huge cost savings for the homeowner. Changing an area that has conventional batten insulation can be a wise choice. If you look at the cost to operate your home using spray foam insulation versus conventional batten, you’ll discover that spray foam can significantly reduce the costs associated with heating and cooling your space.
As an example, a 1600 sq.ft two storey home can cost approximately $150 per month to heat in the winter and the same to cool in the summer. “Savings can translate into as much as $75 per month and over one year that can save a homeowner almost $1000 annually,” Nick said. “And it’s likely to save you more in the future, given rising fuel and electricity costs.”
Here’s a few more ways to incorporate energy efficiency into your home:
- Consider using a shading systems or extending your roof overhangs on southern exposures to reduce solar gain in the summer when the sunlight is at its maximum.
- Reuse interior doors, trim and hardware to lessen the amount being sent to landfills.
- Donate your reusable materials to somewhere like Habitat for Humanity or other charitable entities.
- Use low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints.
- Select materials from sustainable sources like bamboo and other natural products.
- Install a programmable thermostat, like the NEST thermostat to automate on and off times.
You’ll find many more ideas for creating an energy efficient space at EiEiHome.com along with home improvement and renovation experts who can help you get the job done right.
Editor, Marika Asikainen