Going Green is easy and cost-effective. By choosing products carefully and including energy-savings goals in remodeling plans, we can help you dramatically improve the energy efficiency in your project.
Install an under-the-counter water purifier
Under-counter water purifiers have about 10 times the filtering capacity of a faucet-mounted version. A model with a top-quality activated carbon filter will remove heavy metals, bacteria, and pesticides. Expect to pay $150 to $200 for an activated charcoal purifier with a replaceable cartridge, which is peanuts compared with the total remodel and easy to do while the project is under way.
Install energy-efficient lighting
Fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps use up to 75% less energy than comparable incandescent lamps. In fact, according to EnergyStar.gov, a single CFL bulb will save $30 to $40 during its expected lifespan of 10,000 hours. But make sure you keep task areas well lit: Consider efficient halogen and LED lighting sources anywhere you’re planning to chop veggies or measure ingredients.
Make recycling easy with built-in recycling bins
Most cabinet manufacturers offer options for lower cabinets that include pull-out recycling bins to keep contents organized and out of sight.
Install Low-Flow Showerheads and Toilets
Most older models waste large amounts of water. In fact, more than 30 percent of indoor residential water use is flushed down the porcelain throne. A low-volume flush toilet uses only 1 gallon of water per flush instead of the 5 gallon flushes common in older toilets.
Also save water and money, and still have ample water pressure, with a low-flow showerhead, which can slash bathing-water consumption 50 to 70 percent. The devices are inexpensive and simple to install. Many styles and features are available, including flow-adjusting dials and a pause button.
Choose Windows and Doors Carefully
Up to 35% of your home’s heating or cooling can be lost through windows. This makes it essential that you increase the thermal performance of your windows. Placement of exterior windows and doors can be optimized to take advantage of natural light and heat and to open up airflow. Double-glazing will reduce heat loss in the cold of winter and louvered windows can catch a breeze in the heat of summer.
Ask our design team how we can help you save money and go green in your remodeling project.