The house is a system. When you take cost-effective measures to install systems and appliances that will reduce building loads, then you will be able to save money and improve performance. As a homeowner, you want to learn how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your electric, sewer, and water bills. If you are ready to do anything and everything you can to save money and conserve the environment, making your home greener is the way to go. Energy efficient products in your home will reduce the demand for non-renewable resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and unnecessary energy consumption. Energy efficiency is not meant for a certain group of people but for everyone. The good news is that you can improve the energy efficiency of your home without breaking the bank.
When energy efficient products are used in constructing and remodeling your home, you’ll be able to enjoy a few tax breaks and cost savings throughout the year. Improved household energy efficiency is a win for our planet, your home, and your wallet. At Double Oak Construction, we are committed to using energy efficient products in our construction/ remodeling projects.
Schedule an Energy Efficiency Audit
When you hire us to provide construction and remodeling services, we’ll help you schedule an energy audit to help know where your home stand in terms of energy efficiency. Energy auditors are professionals with specialized skills and tools such as infrared cameras, blower doors, and surface thermometers to carry out evaluations on the energy efficiency of your home. Finally, they will provide you with suggestions on cost-effective measures that will improve your home’s efficiency and comfort. At the end of the audit, you’ll be in a good position to figure out the parts of your home that need your immediate attention. The craftsmen at Double Oak Construction will be with you in every step of the way to make the dream of making your home greener a reality.
Some of Our Commonly Used Energy Efficient Products
Windows and Doors
Inefficient doors and windows can contribute greatly to the loss of heat in your home especially during the winter season, and likewise cool air during the summer season. This is because they allow substantive energy to escape through them. As such it’s disadvantageous to the homeowner since energy costs are increased. A good number of the old type windows may not be energy efficient as you may think. The only option is to install better energy efficient windows such as double pane windows and other vinyl frames which are better when compared to single windows and aluminum frames. If you are facing these problems in your home, it’s important you hire a professional to help you resolve them.
When you choose Double Oak Construction, you will be able to access a variety of entry, patio and French doors which are highly energy efficient. Furthermore, you’ll access the best choice windows and glass-bearing doors with double panes, which are occasionally filled with either argon or alternative insulating gas. We also can provide you a Low-E window whose ability to reflect heat is higher than that of radiating and virtually eradicate UV rays from the light that penetrates into your home through them.
The most important thing is to ensure that your home is well insulated. Proper insulation helps in reducing the amount of heat that could be lost during winter months. Furthermore, it could help you cut down energy costs. You should make sure that your home is well insulated to reduce the amount of heat loss between indoors and outdoors. Below are some of the places in your house that should be insulated:
- Attics ceiling and floors
- Under floors that sit above crawl spaces
- Walls with an exterior outer surface
- Around all doors and windows
In order for you to be able to boost energy efficiency in your home, it’s important to utilize only the right insulation products during this process. At Double Oak Construction, the first thing we do before insulating your home is to make sure that you clearly understand all the insulating products available. It’s the detailed explanation we give that enables you to make a cognizant decision on which insulation products best for your house.
Examples of the most insulation materials used by Double Oak Construction
This is one of the most eco-friendly insulation materials. It’s made up of recycled products such as paper, and cardboard. With R-value between R-3.1 and R-3.7, it works best almost anywhere apart from being one of the most fire resistant forms of insulation.
- Rigid Foam Board
Usually, comes in solid panels of polyurethane which requires cutting and further fastened to studs. This is the best option for insulating sheds and garages and it’s typically used on exterior walls.
- Radiant Heat Barriers
It comprises thin sheets of heat reflective materials which are fitted in the attic to block heat from getting into your house through the roof. Has the ability to lower indoor temperatures to about 10oF.
Made with weaving fine strands into an insulation product. It’s designed to minimize the rate at which heat is transferred. It’s one of the insulation materials that are non-flammable. Fiberglass is commonly used for insulating the basement, walls, and attics.
Solar panels can be a great investment for those who can afford it. If properly installed on your rooftop, they can allow you harvest infinite natural energy from the sun. It’s even easy nowadays with the modern solar panels in the markets which are not only efficient but also cost-effective since they can help you generate your own electricity. With solar panels in place, you’ll be able to cut down on your electricity costs.
At Double Oak Construction we are completely acquainted with the modern solar tech industry and we have all the tools and necessary knowledge. We are more than willing to guide you in selecting and choosing the right location for your new solar panels. Even though solar panels can be installed on metal posts, the most preferred location is the rooftop.
Before installing the solar panels on your rooftop, there a number of important factors that we must take into consideration including;
- Your Roof Condition, and Material
- Your Location and Areas of your roof that receive the most sun
- Your home’s architectural layout
- Amount of energy needed to power your home
Having successfully installed numerous solar panels in California, we have the indispensable knowledge to get accomplished the job for you. At Double Oak Construction we work hand in hand with the local authorities to ensure that we acquire a permit and inspection. We’ll further make sure that you benefit from incentive programs in your area if are any.
Other Ways to Save on Energy
- Plant Shady Landscaping
Good landscaping can help save energy by protecting your home from chilly winds during the winter season and intense sun during summer days. During hotter days, the trees will make your home cool to live inside comfortably by blocking infrared radiation that would warm the house. The effect will be even much better if your windows and walls are well insulated. At Double Oak Construction, we’ll provide landscaping services that will not only make your home more appealing aesthetically but also energy efficient.
- Improve the Efficiency of your Hot Water System
The setting of your water heat plays a major role in energy use. Therefore, it would be imperative to turn down the temperature to around 120°F. Also, consider getting your hot water lines insulated by our dedicated craftsmen in order to ensure they don’t cool off as quickly between uses. During our bathroom remodeling, we can install low-flow fixtures for showers and baths to reduce excess water usage. When remodeling your home, we’ll help you shop for appliances that will make your home more energy efficient. Appliances that are Energy Star certified use less energy. While they cost more than other appliances, they will help you save you more money years into the future and also increase your home’s value.
At Double Oak Construction, we also help our customers save on energy by recommending the following:
- Install ventilation fans in your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and attic.
- Locate and eliminate air leaks.
- Put up carports, window awnings, and patio covers to reduce the amount of heat entering your home.
- Install energy efficient electric/gas fireplaces, wood stoves, HVAC systems, and appliances.
- Install LED energy-efficient lighting fixtures.
- Re-roof with materials that reflect heat instead of absorbing it metal panels being a good example.
- During remodeling and room addition projects, energy efficient products should be used to insulate the room.
Contact Us Today
In addition to being cost-effective, saving energy is also environmentally friendly. Making your home energy efficient isn’t all that difficult. You don’t have to change it all at once, one step at a time will do. At Double Oak Construction we are passionate about using green materials in home remodeling. If you want to have a green sunroom, patio, bathroom, or kitchen, you can totally count on us to deliver that. When you work with us on your home construction and remodeling projects, you receive personalized attention and beautiful end product with long-lasting, eco-friendly features. Working with Double Oak Construction means working with high-quality contractors, builders, and designers. To learn more about how we can make your home more energy efficient, contact us today for a free consultation and a free quote. You can get in touch with us at (800) 631-8485 or fill out our online request form.