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6 Renovations to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

You’re about to start the huge project of renovating your home. Maybe the house has a couple decades on it
and needs to be updated, or maybe you feel ready for a change. Either way, you might as well save yourself
money by making your home more energy efficient in the process.

Here are six simple and effective renovations to lessen your carbon footprint.

1. Install Additional Insulation

Experts say many homes do not have enough insulation, so start making your home more energy efficient by
adding more insulation.

This renovation’s difficulty varies according to your home’s design and architecture. But even bulking up
your attic insulation will make a difference in both your power bill and your carbon footprint. If possible,
add insulation to your finished basement, floors, ceilings, and walls as well-you should notice a major
difference in your home’s comfort and energy savings.

2. Seal Air Leaks and Ductwork

Air and heat escape through any leaks or cracks in a home. In fact, this issue accounts for most
abnormally high energy bills.

When you renovate your house, check every nook and cranny for leaks and seal them up. Check around the
windows and doors in particular. You may also find leaks around outlets, in chimneys, in recessed lighting
fixtures, and in the attic.

Old and leaky ductwork can make certain rooms, like attics and crawlspaces, stuffy and uncomfortable. Seal
the ductwork when you add insulation to ensure airflow actually gets to these rooms rather than staying in
the walls.

3. Update Windows and Doors

Newer windows and doors prevent heat transfer and air leakage to make your home more efficient. But before
you update your home’s windows and exterior doors, make sure that the size, style, location, and design fit
into your final renovations plans. Updates that do not match the end goal for your home’s design simply make
the process longer and more difficult.

Once your door and window plans fit with the rest of your renovations, consider energy-efficient designs.
Most windows come as two panes these days, which can make a considerable difference if you’re replacing old
windows. Talk to a windows and doors contractor about other energy-efficient options as well.

Don’t forget to use your windows as natural lighting during daylight hours once you install them. This
tactic reduces electricity bills and naturally heats your home in the winter.

4. Choose Low-Flow Spouts and Showerheads

If you’re adding in new bathrooms or replacing old showerheads, consider installing low-flow showerheads
that use less water and cut down on your water bills. These fixtures maintain the same water pressure without
creating excess waste. Go the extra mile and install low-flow faucets in all your sinks as well.

5. Upgrade the Water Heater

Water heating represents one of your largest expenses when it comes to energy bills. To save money and
energy, upgrade your old water heater to a new high-efficiency model. This way, you won’t have to wait as
long for your water to heat. For even greater efficiency, talk to a contractor about relocating the water
heater so it sits closer to the shower, washing machine, or dishwasher.

6. Upgrade Heating and Cooling Systems

The only expenses higher than water heating are space heating and cooling. Older HVAC models have to work
harder to maintain or change your home’s temperature, so they take more energy.

Choose from the many models specifically designed for energy efficiency. Also, consider installing a
programmable thermostat and ceiling fans to help drive down energy costs.

 

These renovations represent the most basic and easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient. Talk
to expert contractors in each industry about your options and get started on your renovation plans today.

The Importance of Siding

The siding of a house can be viewed as a house’s skin. It makes up the majority of a home’s exterior, providing a house with its general appearance. It is for this reason that faded, damaged, or old siding can greatly depreciate not only the physical appeal of a house, but it’s value as well.

One trait of a house’s siding that is often overlooked is that it can greatly affect the energy costs of heating and cooling a home. A siding that is thin, has gaps, or is not cut exactly to the shape of a house can lead to a high amount of air leakage. If the hot or cold air is not contained in your house, you will pay much more in energy bills heating or cooling it. With our Cedar Ridge Siding System, you are guaranteed a 20% energy savings for the life of your home. These savings are transferable to every future owner, a value that is hard to ignore.

The siding of your home can also determine how accessible the interior is to pests, such as bugs and rodents. It does not take a significantly sized gap or hole in your siding to invite in a pest looking for a hot meal or warm place to sleep. Given that we actually nail the siding in directly to the studs of your home, not just into the layers underneath, we provide you with a sturdy siding that will not slip or create any gaps for the aforementioned pests to find their way into your house. You cool air stays in, and the pests stay out.

For more information on having your siding replaced, or even touched up, call us: (813) 931-4663 or (727) 502-5300.

How to Safely Decorate the Siding on Your Home

To make your home more beautiful or to celebrate different holidays or seasons, you may want to hang decorations on the side of your house. This can be tricky with a vinyl-sided house because you shouldn’t drill or nail through the siding. Holes can cause water to seep behind the vinyl, creating problems for your home. Fortunately, there are several methods that you can use to hang decorations on the side of your house that do not create any holes in your siding.
Hang a vinyl siding hook on your house. This is the most efficient method. Slip the top of the hook underneath a piece of siding and wiggle it until it “snaps” into place. This hooks it onto the bottom of the siding. Then hang your decorations on the bottom of the hook.

Attach a cup hook to the side of your house. Clean the area where you want to attach the hook thoroughly with soap and water then dry it. Dirt interferes with adhesion. Wipe down the area with some rubbing alcohol and dry it. Wet the suction cup, press it firmly to the siding. For best results, leave the hook for a day before adding decorations.

Hang a wire hook from the vinyl soffit trim. This is the trim that connects between your vinyl siding and the soffit. Make a hook by cutting a short length of wire with a wire cutter and bending it into an S-shape with pliers. Be sure to choose a metal that won’t rust. You can either hang items from the hooks directly or attach pieces of fishing line to the hooks. Fishing line enables you to hang decorations lower on the walls, as the hooks themselves will be close to the roof. This is a good method if you have a lot of small items to hang or if you want to hang something like a string of lights.

For more information on this topic, visit the source of this article at http://homeguides.sfgate.com/hang-decorations-vinyl-siding-38111.html

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Morgan Exteriors, Inc. is a home remodeling company that services most of Tampa Bay Area. We are general contractors, however, we specialize in what we know and do best - Energy Efficient Replacement Windows, Doors, Solid-core Siding, Eaves and overhangs, and most exterior improvements.

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