Green Remodeling Saves You Green.

back patioThe median age of residential housing units in the US is twenty-five years old.  Homes are aging and ripe for renovation.

In Austin I’m seeing a trend towards remodeling or renovating rather than selling and purchasing a new home.   Austin is blessed with having one of the healthiest real estate markets in the country, yet homes sales in areas outside of central Austin have slowed down and there’s a surplus of  homes for sale in central locations.  I think renovating is a good idea if you want to stay in your home for at least three more years, want to increase energy efficiency, and you can withstand the stress of having various contractors in your home to do the work.  Here in Austin, remodeling using green practices is a great way to get rebates from the city and to increase your energy efficiency.

Ways to incorporate green practices in your remodeling plans include:

  • ENERGY STAR windows and skylights
  • Formaldehyde-free, high R-value insulation
  • Whole-house fan
  • Installation of recycled-content flooring
  • On-demand hot water heater
  • Painting with no-VOC paints
  • Landscaping with indigenous plants
  • Shade trees according to passive design principles
  • High efficiency heating and cooling system
  • High efficiency toilets

Now is a great time to “go green” and save money on energy bills,  increase your enjoyment of your home and add value to your home.

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2 responses to “Green Remodeling Saves You Green.

  1. Whole house fans are not only the least expensive, they are also the most environmentally friendly way to cool a home in areas where outdoor temperatures and humidity are low enough at night to provide cooling. Unlike conventional air conditioners, they don’t use any potentially harmful refrigerants and power consumption is extremely low. I have really been trying to get the word out about this method of cooling at Whole House Fan Info because I think not enough people are aware of the benefits!

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