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Checklist for Energy Efficient Renovations

March 23, 2011

Renovation is a great time to improve your home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Discuss the following areas with your renovator:

  • Exterior Walls
    • Insulation, air and vapor barriers
    • New energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights
  • Kitchen
    • Energy-efficient appliances
    • Task lighting
    • A range hood
  • Bathroom
    • High-efficiency exhaust fan or a central ventilation system
    • Water-efficient toilet and showerhead
  • Living, Dining And Bedroom Areas
    • Programmable thermostats
    • Automatic timers and dimmer switches
  • Mechanical systems
    • Energy-efficient heating and cooling system, sized correctly for your home
    • Balanced and well-designed ductwork
    • Air filtration with medium-efficiency filters
    • An energy-efficient hot water tank
  • Basement
    • Insulation, with air and moisture sealing for exterior walls
    • Clean-up of molds
    • Increased natural light with energy-efficient windows
  • Attic
    • Upgraded insulation
    • Ensure Proper Ventilation
    • Weather stripping and insulating the attic hatch
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