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Two steps for increasing energy efficiency

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 13:32

For a homeowner who is intending to renovate his or her house to increase energy efficiency, there are a number of changes that can be made. Conversing with an energy expert who knows the market and the latest in sustainable materials and solutions can help an individual determine the upgrades that are best for him or her. Here are two ways a homeowner can reduce his or her energy use:
1) Energy-efficient lighting. A surprising amount of energy goes into lighting the average American home. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, lighting accounts for 5 to 10 percent of total energy use in the average residential home. By switching traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes, a homeowner can save a significant amount of energy and money. In addition to requiring less energy to illuminate a space, these bulbs are also longer lasting and more durable - decreasing the number of unit purchases a homeowner has to make over the course of a year. 
2) Radiant floor heating. A homeowner who is tired of heating the outdoors may want to consider installing a radiant floor heating system in his or her house. The eco-friendly solution provides ultimate comfort for residents and guests by consistently pumping warmth into rooms. However, because it requires less energy to run and transfers heat directly into a room, heat loss is prevented and savings are achieved. Vents, radiators and other traditional heating apparatuses let warmth escape into walls, ceilings and other unused spaces. Because radiant floor heating transfers heat directly into a room through the floor boards, heat loss is minimized.  Modern homeowners have more energy-efficient options than ever to consider.