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Energy Efficient Renovation Tips for Every Room in Your House

by on July 29, 2014

aep-ohio-interactive-houseA home renovation project can give you the opportunity to boost comfort levels, add convenience, space and lower energy costs by improving your home’s energy efficiency.

The first step to saving energy is to finding out how and where you’re wasting it. Get an energy assessment before starting your renovations to determine which rooms are problem areas in your home. Once you know where you’re wasting energy, follow these tips to make your home as energy efficient as possible.

Kitchen

  • Home renovations could mean shopping for new, more energy efficient kitchen appliances. Replace older appliances and equipment with high-efficiency
    ENERGY STAR® rated products. Rebates are available for AEP Ohio residential customers.
  • Install an oven hood that is externally vented to filter steam from your stove outside. Steam can contribute to the temperature in your home, making it harder for the A/C to keep your house cool in the summer.
  • Get $60 when you recycle your old, working refrigerator or freezer before August 31. Doing this can save you up to $150 a year in energy costs and protects the environment!

 Bathroom

  •  Invest $10 on a low-flow shower head and yield hot water savings of 25-60 percent.
  • Control moisture and save energy by installing ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation fans. See the EPA’s WaterSense program for information about high-performance products.
  • Seal air leaks and install the appropriate insulation in walls behind tubs and showers during your renovation.

Living Area

  • When redecorating after a big home renovation, make sure to keep furnishings away from floor or return air vents. Vents that are blocked can prevent air from circulating properly.
  • Switch to high-performance compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. You’ll find a large selection of energy-efficient lighting, specialty CFLs and LEDs with immediate discounts in our online SMART Lighting Store.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and adjust temperatures at night, or when you are not at home, to lower your energy use and your bill!

Laundry Room

  • Take the time to inspect your dryer vent to ensure that it is not blocked. You may want to consider having it cleaned professionally while doing your other renovations.
  • If you are looking into buying a new dryer, consider purchasing a model with a moisture sensor that will automatically shut the machine off when your clothes are dry.
  • Ponder the idea of installing an outdoor laundry line during your renovation. Air-drying will save you the cost of running the dryer in warmer months and help your clothes last longer.

 Bedroom

  • Install a ceiling fan to keep cool air circulating at night without running up your energy bill.
  • Installation of lighting controls such as dimmers, timers, motion sensors and photocells can help you adjust lighting levels for different uses and times of the day. Keep your lights dimmed before bed to help you ease into sleep, and save energy at the same time.
  • If you have plans to install window treatments, (such as draperies, shades and shutters) hang them as close to the window as possible to create a sealed air space. Doing this can trap extra heat and keep you feeling warm!

 

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