An Energy efficient home or business can be less expensive because you save on energy bills, more comfortable to live in because of a more even temperature in the summer and fall, and is more environmentally friendly reducing greenhouse emissions.
We are noticing an increased awareness of both home owners and businesses owners of the importance of all three benefits and as such are more active in implementing energy efficient solutions in new construction and renovations.
Some of these energy efficient improvements include:
Insulated concrete form (ICF) is a rigid thermal insulation system, reinforced with concrete and rebar. It is a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs. ICF typically delivers R-24 vs a R-16 standard framed and batted wall.
In-floor radiant heating
Delivers even heat throughout your home that can be adjusted per room.This can help you save by reducing the amount of heat in unused rooms. The radiant nature of the heat is great in reducing dust and allergens. In-floor heating can be used on all levels of the home or office building but is typically used to create a warm atmosphere in basements, tiled floor bathrooms and rec rooms. Some flooring is not effective with in-floor radiant heating and this needs to come under consideration.
Your windows and doors can play a big part in reducing your energy costs. Replacing your old windows with Energy Efficient windows and ensuring a good seal can contribute to lower heating and cooling bills. Even if you are budget challenged and can't take on the expense of replacing windows, removing and replacing old caulking and sealing can also help.
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics
When opting for a typical framed house, careful attention to adhering to or exceeding industry standards for insulation can significantly help in keeping your cooling and heating bills lower. It is important to note that walls built with ICF do not require typical insulation due to the nature of the building materials.
ENERGY STAR certified products for lighting fixtures; compact fluorescent bulbs; ventilation fans and appliances
When renovating, simply changing out your old fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs and ventilation fans can contribute to saving you money. If you are considering new construction, we can help you choose lighting, appliances and other fixtures that are efficient and good looking.
High Efficiency/Dual Flush/Low Flow toilets
Installing these types of toilets can help conserve water. A high efficiency low flow toilet uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet at 6 liters (1.6 gallons) or less per flush vs 13.2 liters for a typical toilet. Additionally, a dual flush toilet offers two buttons. One is used for solid waste (6 liters or 1.6 gallons) and the other used for liquid waste (3 liters or .8 US gallons).
Tankless Water Heaters
To supply hot water to your home or business, a hot water heater needs to be quite large to store hot water and must be continually running to heat the stored water. A tankless hot water heater is also referred to as on-demand. Hot water is provided when you turn the hot water tap on. More of our customers are opting in for tankless water heaters for the many benefits such as: significant savings on your energy bills; endless supply of instant hot water which means even the 4th person taking a shower will have hot water; very compact as water does not have to be stored; and tankless water heaters simply last longer.
Here are some photos of some of the Energy Efficient installations we have completed for many of our customers. For more information on a particular service or product please click the links above.
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