Is Home Remodeling on Your Wish List for 2012?

December 21, 2011 | Tower Hill Insurance

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Is Home Remodeling on Your Wish List for 2012?

  • Household paint can release toxins into your living space for years. Instead, opt for eco-friendly house paint made of natural ingredients with reduced or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), readily available at major retailers.
  • Florida, the Sunshine State, is well-suited for solar power. But if you are not ready for a major energy switch, consider using solar power to heat your swimming pool.
  • Install new lighting fixtures, or just replace your old light bulbs (incandescent) with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs).

Although energy-saving items and appliances may cost a little more upfront, the dollars and natural resources you save could make a big difference. Take a look at some of the home energy hogs in your home that are simple to remedy.

  • Replace old shower heads and faucets with high-efficiency models to save water.
  • Pre-1994 toilets use up to 8 gallons of water for each flush, but newer high-efficiency ones can reduce water usage by nearly 75 percent.
  • Check weather stripping on doors and caulking on windows, to see if they need to be replaced.
  • Even if you have switched out all of your old-fashioned light bulbs, remember to ‘Turn off the lights!’ Or consider installing motion sensors that will turn off the lights, even when you forget.

Most local utility providers offer in-home energy efficiency surveys, plus provide rebates for making energy-saving improvements to your home. Even small changes can help reduce both your energy bills and carbon footprint.

Use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) online¬†household emissions calculator¬†to help estimate your current energy use, and find out more ways to reduce and save.