If you’re looking for a way to upgrade your home while downgrading your carbon footprint, then the possibilities are virtually endless. There are many home characteristics that affect how much energy you use as well as how much energy you waste. Here’s a look at four energy-saving home upgrades to consider during your residential renovation:
1. Kitchen Appliances
One of the biggest ways you can decrease your home’s energy consumption is by upgrading to energy-efficient kitchen appliances. Your refrigerator, stove and oven are typically the greatest energy hogs. Upgrading to high-efficiency models can help lower your energy bills while doing something great for the environment.
2. Well-insulated Windows
As temperatures drop, ensuring that your home is well-insulated is more important than during any other time of the year. Energy-efficient replacement windows are an excellent home renovation project that will improve your home’s comfort and lower your monthly heating and cooling costs. Modern windows made from vinyl are also easy to clean, low maintenance, and beautiful.
3. Home Heating and Mechanical Systems
Speaking of lowering your heating and cooling costs, your home’s mechanical and HVAC systems are probably also due for an upgrade. Old, inefficient mechanical systems require lots of energy and produce excessive waste, which means less comfort and higher utility costs.
4. Building Envelope
To adequately protect your home from moisture and air infiltration, make sure that your home’s envelope is in great shape. This weatherproof barrier will prevent wasted heating and cooling as well as stop issues like mould growth, wood rot, and leaks.
For more information on home heating and mechanical upgrades, visit this page from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
To learn about energy-efficient appliances for your kitchen see this article on House & Home.
HGTV has a helpful article that explains, in plain English, the terminology for energy-efficient windows.