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Go Green

Remodeling your home can be beneficial to you and the environment. You can make your home eco-friendly in countless ways. Sometimes you’re going green without even realizing it!

Did you know that if you have single pane windows you may be losing up to 50% of your heating and cooling? Changing your windows to energy efficient models can not only save energy but it can make a significant difference in your heating and cooling bill, essentially saving you money, too! If that isn’t enough, they can also improve the resale value of your home!

LEDs are extremely energy efficient. Did you know they consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs? Since LEDs use a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb you will see a dramatic decrease in power costs! Also, due to the long LED lifespan, you will save money and energy in maintenance and replacement costs.

Insulation is beneficial year-round. It keeps your home cool on hot days and hot on cool days. Many people think insulation is used solely to retain the heat in their homes. Homeowners can actually reduce their energy bills by up to 25% during summer, and almost 50% during winter simply by upgrading or retrofitting insulation into their homes! Also, the Government regards cavity wall insulation as one of the most effective energy savings measures that most people can carry out on their homes and apart from saving money it’s a major contributor to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. So not only are you saving money but you are saving the earth, too!

Xeriscape is a common landscaping technique that uses water-efficient plants. Xeriscaping is especially beneficial in drought-stricken portions of the country, like Southern California. Did you know that by Xeriscaping, you can reduce your landscape’s water usage by 50 – 75%? It is estimated that houses that chose Xeriscaping saved up to 120 gallons of water a day! Xeriscaping has environmental and financial benefits and if that’s not enough it is extremely low-maintenance. By reducing the amount of water you use, you are also reducing your water bill and your ecological footprint. Sounds like a win-win to us!

Did you know that exterior coating from increases your home’s resistance to UV rays, lowers your maintenance workload, and prevents the hassle of constant repairs and repainting? California being one of the 3 sunniest states in the nation makes this quiet beneficial. It can also decrease your energy consumption by an average of 22% during summer! The biggest difference between texture coating and cheap paint is the frequency of maintenance. With paint, you encounter cracking and peeling but, with a professional installation of texture coating, you don’t have to worry about either of those!

You can make your bathroom Green in a few simple ways. First off, by replacing outdated features with modern and energy efficient baths, toilets and sinks you can save immense amounts of water. The EPA estimated that if 1 in 10 homes upgraded their bathrooms with energy efficient fixtures, we would save over 70 billion gallons of water and $1.5 Billion worth of energy costs. So not only are you saving money but you are reducing your ecological footprint. If that’s not enough, remodeling your bathroom also increases the value of your home anywhere from 54-65 percent!

Skylights enliven a house dramatically while cutting down the need for artificial light. They also provide a variety of physical, psychological, and financial benefits. Because Skylights reduce your dependency of artificial lighting, they reduce the use of electricity by as much as 10% and lower your heating bill! You also may have potential tax advantages and credits by installing ENERGY STAR® qualified products. Natural lighting can also lessen the production of harmful bacteria and fungus that buildup in damp areas. Well-lit homes provide homeowners with healthier, more enjoyable, and more attractive living spaces so call today if you want to liven up your home!

Remodeling your kitchen is one improvement that produces many benefits. Given that the kitchen is one of the most trafficked rooms in a home, you want it to suit your needs. Many outdated kitchens are cluttered because homeowners wanted their appliances within an arms reach. Nowadays, this can be uncomfortable so creating an open layout is a great way to declutter one of the most popular rooms in your home! Most homeowners that have outdated kitchens tend to eat out, but with a new kitchen, many are found to regain their passion for cooking! Remodeling your kitchen has financial benefits as well. Those who decide to invest in their kitchens see a 75-100% return on their investment! Also, by updating the appliances and lighting, not only will you reduce your energy and water costs, but you will be saving the environment while doing so!

The majority of homeowners today see few benefits in replacing their roof so they tend not to unless they absolutely have to. Not only does replacing your roof give your home a face-lift, but it has financial benefits as well. With an average ROI of 67-70%, new roofs are actually one of the best home improvement projects around. Did you know that realtors estimate that as much as 40% of your home’s curb appeal is directly linked to your roof? A new roof helps your HVAC system work more efficiently which saves you energy and ultimately, money. Also, knowing that your roof will withstand the elements and hardships of Mother Nature will give you some peace of mind. As you can see there are countless benefits to replacing your roof!

There are a number of different ways to heat your home when the temperature drops. One increasingly popular option for homeowners is radiant floor heating. The warm surfaces significantly reduce the rate of heat loss from the occupants, allowing most to feel comfortable at room temperatures 3 to 5 degrees fahrenheit lower than with other heating methods. Heated floors also significantly reduce the rate of heat loss from your feet and legs. Another benefit of radiant heating systems is that they don’t circulate allergens throughout your home. Another strength of a radiant heating system is its ability to deliver heat without noise. Radiant heat systems have a proven record of reduced energy usage relative to other forms of heating. Although some projects have shown savings in excess of 50%, a more conservative estimate is 10 to 20% in savings.

Remodeling your driveway not only enhances the overall appearance of your home, but it increases the value as well! Tired of ugly oil stains? By using paver sealer, you can prevent stains that can easily occur from oil leaks, spills or rubber. Remodeling your driveway can be beneficial to the environment as well! By replacing your impervious asphalt or concrete driveway with a permeable surface, you will be redirecting stormwater into the ground which is a much greener option. This allows microorganisms in the soil to digest the pollutants, purifying the water on its path back into the aquifer. So not only are you improving the overall look of your home, which ultimately increases the value, but you are saving our planet while doing so!