When faced with a storage problem, many homeowners look to their attic or basement to store items they don’t regularly need. While both are good options, temperature conditions and the durability of the storage area need to be taken into consideration. For those who live in climates with bitter cold winters and sweltering hot summers, attics go through more severe temperature changes, which can affect the items in your attic. Here are a few tips if you intend to use the attic as storage space.
Siding can make or break a home and there are a variety of choices. However, finding a style and color that looks good and adds curb appeal can become challenging when you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why Power Home Remodeling Group has put together a guide to help you find energy efficient siding that works for your home and your pockets.
Homeowners who actively choose to remodel their homes with energy efficiency in mind are helping to contribute to a greener planet, as well as contributing to the effort to create a more sustainable future on a national and global scale. According to Energy.gov, “The 115 million residences in America today collectively use an estimated 22.5% of the country’s energy.” Unfortunately, a lot of that energy is wasted through old or improperly installed windows, doors, insulation and other remodeling products. Thousands of dollars are wasted on a yearly basis, pumping energy into homes that are not equipped to utilize all of that energy.
Weather stripping your home is the process of sealing openings between windows and doors to prevent the elements from entering through cracks. Along with blocking out an uncomfortable draft, weather stripping can also save you money on your energy bills by keeping the warm air inside and the cold air out, or vice versa.
When homes are built, they are held to standards that require attics, doorways, and windows to be weather sealed – but with the passage of time, these sealing strips can become worn down and eroded, so it is important to check each year for signs of aging or damage from the elements, friction, or pests. Familiarize yourself with your home’s weather stripping; read below to learn what to look for and how to replace the sealing.
Home cleaning isn’t as challenging as it seems - and it can be easily completed without using toxic, chemically induced cleaners and a plethora of paper towels. In fact, there are many ways you can go about cleaning your home’s exterior with the environment in mind.
Read on to discover some eco-friendly exterior cleaners, as well as the most effective and efficient ways to clean the exterior of your home.
As summer comes to a close, the heat continues and temperatures across the country are rising. It’s important to remember being energy efficient can keep you cool all while lowering your electricity bills and preserving the earth’s precious energy resources. Follow these tips to ensure you stay cool and save money through the fall.
More homeowners than ever before are looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly and energy-efficient, both for themselves to lower bills and save money, and for the environment to conserve our precious resources.
Winter has made its presence quite clear this year. With temperatures well below zero in many regions of the country due to the polar vortex, it’s important to be sure your home is able to withstand the freezing weather. Residential electricity costs have risen 35 percent in the past decade, but you can use several DIY weatherization tips to help protect your family and your wallet from the cold.
The heat of summer can be taxing on your body and your wallet. At Power Home Remodeling Group, we recommend retrofitting areas of the home to be more energy efficient as an effective way to save energy and reduce the cost of owning your home. Retrofitting can be as simple as replacing old light bulbs or involve new appliances and new insulation.
While you may not think your home is wasting a lot of energy, consider this: according to the US Department of Energy, 80 percent of homes built before 1980 were built with insufficient insulation, and old dishwashers waste up to 6,700 gallons of water per year — enough water to run an efficient dishwasher for seven years!
Did you know homes use about one third of all the energy we consume in the U.S.? The need to go green at home becomes more important each day. Homes built before 1980 have insufficient insulation, old dishwashers waste up to 6,700 gallons of water per year (enough to run an efficient dishwasher for seven years), and old, single-pane windows can cost you hundreds on energy bills due to air leaks.
Sustainability at home can still seem pie in the sky if you don’t know where to start, but changing even the simplest habits can make a huge impact. For example, every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water from being contaminated with chemicals, so recycling household items really does make a difference.
At Power, we’ve embraced going green and are proud to have made it a focus of our business – we even won Door & Window Manufacturer magazine’s Green Product Award in 2011. Sustainability is important to us not only because it is essential to our planet, but also because the energy efficient products we sell and the techniques we employ at our organization have helped save customers tens of thousands of dollars annually. Household savings after tweaking your home with key energy efficient home improvements can be as much as a whopping $1,500 annually in extreme cases.