Building or Remodeling Your Home? – Some Energy Saving Investment Tips

In the process of building a new house? Time to remodel or replace old appliances? Consider some of these energy efficiency suggestions when you make purchases.

Install a whole house fan
A whole house fan is permanently installed in your attic and draws cool air into your home through the windows while forcing hot air out through your attic vents. Use after sundown when the outside temperature drops below 80 degrees, and in the early morning to cool your house and help reduce your air conditioning use. (Savings up to 5%)

Install window shading
Install patio covers, awnings, and window screens to shade your home from the sun. You can also use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home. (Savings up to 5%)

Seal your ducts
Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 percent of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor. (Savings up to 20%)

Replace your refrigerator
Refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer design can save you an additional 2-3% on your bill compared to a side-by-side design. (Savings up to 3%)

Increase attic insulation
If existing insulation level is R-19 or less, consider insulating your attic to at least R-30. (Savings up to 10%)

Install new windows
If your windows are due for replacement, install new high performance dual pane windows. (Savings up to 10%)

If any of your new construction or remodeling project needs residential electrical work or repair, Isom Electric can help.We can also offer suggestions on how to make your house more energy efficient.