Green Energy Remodeling Tips for Desert Living

Green Living in La Quinta, CAWhen you remodel your home in the Desert, you have an opportunity to cut down on energy use simply by making a few smart decisions. Here are a few green energy remodeling tips primed to help you save on energy for years to come.

Check for Water or Moisture Spots

Before you start remodeling, check your home for sites of water intrusion, condensation or other moisture. Get the contractor to repair those spots while he’s working on your remodeling project. Damp areas encourage mold growth, but a simple fix can improve the air quality of your home.

Reevaluate Your Space

When remodeling, most homeowners jump to the conclusion that you need just a little more space, but a small addition should be the last resort, according to eco architect Sarah Susanka. Instead, try to borrow extra space from the rooms your home already has. By re-imagining your floor plan and knocking down a few walls, you can conjure up the space you desire without having to build extra.

Energy Audit

Don’t worry, this isn’t the bad kind of audit. An energy audit is just an overview of how your home can reduce its energy emissions. When you’re planning remodeling, get an energy audit to uncover leaks and determine areas of your home that need to be improved.

HVAC

The air conditioning and heating unit consumes about half of your home’s entire energy or more during the summer months here in the Desert. You can have an HVAC technician come and diagnose your heating and air conditioning units. Making improvements to the system will reduce your monthly utility bills as well as decrease your carbon footprint. Common recommendations include tuning up your HVAC equipment, adding new ducts, insulating ducts, and replacing outdated parts.

Light Amplifies Perspective

When you’re planning the remodeling with your contractor, have a discussion about ways you can introduce light into a room. Natural light has a major impact on perspective, even in the smallest rooms. It opens up spaces without needing to expand a room. Adding reflective surfaces like mirrors or shelves can also enhance natural lighting. A few ways you can incorporate more natural light include: installing built-in bookshelves near a window; placing windows adjacent to walls, rather than centered; and placing soffits above windows.

Water Heaters

Water heaters are one of the necessary big appliances in any home, but there are energy-efficient alternatives for heating water that consume lesser power. Tank-less water heaters, which are more expensive than regular water heaters, heat water on-demand. This saves energy because no water is kept heated and there is no risk of spillage. You could also install a recirculating water heating system, which uses a pump to circulate hot water from one spot in the home to another. Other viable alternatives are solar water heaters and indirect water heaters, according to the Department of Energy.

Whether you just purchased and want to green up your new home here in the Desert, preparing your home to list, or just want to renovate, it’s important to understand the costs associated with redesigning vis-à-vis the benefits when it comes time to sell. This allows you to make the right decision on what you can live with and what you can’t live without.

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