Green Remodeling Tips

Green Remodeling:

Tips to Keep in Mind

Green Remodeling Tips

Green Remodeling Tips from GGR Energy

There are several benefits for a greener home remodel. There are more ways to make your home greener than by adding a splash of green color to your home décor.  Green remodeling has taken a fresh look and is now easier than ever to complete. A green do-it-yourself is will save you time and money in the long-run. There are many steps that can be taken to make your home fashionable and efficient without breaking the bank. Just follow these simple steps to make your home a change for the greener.

*LED Lights: No hazardous substances are used inside LED bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and traditional light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, while no hazardous substances are used in the manufacturing of LED light bulbs.

*Cut your water bill in half, without cutting shower time in half: It’s best to go for a single low-flow shower head rather than investing in a shower head with a multitude of shower flows and sprays.

*Waste energy, waste water:  Looking into high-efficiency water heaters or insulate your pipes to warm up to a lower water and energy bill. For hot water faster, try moving the hot water heater closer to the faucet, or install demand pumps to push the flow of hot water directly to the fixture.

*Install wall-mounted efficiency toggle switch plates: In order to be more efficient in electrical usage for everyday electric appliances, the solution is simple. Mount switch platesfor the outlets where you plug in your televisions and computers to make it easy to cut off the power to electronics you’re not using.

*Don’t let leaks drain your water bills: A drippy faucet can keep you up at night, and add up to massive water waste. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, one faulty faucet wastes 3 gallons of water per day. Make sure leaky pipes are fixed with a quick tighten, or in more extreme cases, a call to a plumber. Saving on water leaks can help you put money towards your remodel.

It’s easy to turn your remodel green. These simple do it yourself tips will help to make your home both eco and environmentally friendly. A greener house will save you some green to put towards your home’s remodel.

Energy Efficient Windows

We have all heard the term energy efficient windows, and we can all assume that these will help us save energy within our homes, but do you know what components go into an energy efficient window, and what they really are? Well, there are many factors that go into a window being energy efficient certified. How the frame is built, what glass type is used, whether it is single, double, or triple paned, the type of weather stripping in place, plus more! Let’s leave the other details to the experts, we get the basic gist by now.

Energy Efficient Windows by GGR Energy

Energy efficient windows can cost slightly more than the average window, but the energy efficient windows help save you from high energy costs. You will save money each year you have the energy efficient windows because they are helping you save on air conditioning or heating costs.  As with any shopping trip, you need to know what you are looking for and what you are working with. If you see an “Energy Star” seal on the window you are thinking of purchasing, it signifies that the window is certified independently and meets or exceeds the guidelines set by the US Department of energy.

Energy Efficient Windows by GGR Energy

Additional information on the label will tell you how well the window will keep heat from escaping, how much light will come in, and how well the window will be able to resist condensation build up on the interior of the surface. There are glazed and non-glazed windows, as well as different types of glass. As experts on all models of energy efficient windows, GGR Energy, is happy to help you curb your energy use! We will guide you through your purchase and can promise an improvement in your next energy bill. Act now and your new energy efficienct window can be part of an Energy Upgrade Rebate project, which can qualify you for up to $4,500 in rebates! Call us to find out how, or simply fill out our contact form!

Common Home Air Leaks

Cha-Ching!! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of money going right out one, or several of the common home air leaks you could have in your home! I am one to admit, I thought there was no air leaks in my house until I researched further into it. There are many different common home air leaks, and you should triple check to make sure that you don’t have any, especially if you run your AC or heater often.

There are some more obvious causes of common home air leaks than others; like the chimney, wall cavities, windows and doors. Then there are the less obvious ones like an attic hatch or door, behind the bathtub and cabinets, poor insulation, and where the wood connects to wood. Sheesh! Is there anywhere that air cant leak?!  It is impossible for us to see where air is escaping, so you need to either hire a professional to come out, or buy some fancy devices. Professionals use state of the art technology including a blower door, which measure exactly how leaky your home is and thermal imaging camera, which can visualize some impossible to see leaks.

Common Home Air Leaks by GGR Energy

There are several ways to correct common home air leaks. If the air is escaping around light fixtures, you air seal with one part foam and burry with R38 or more of insulation. If there is a leak by a chimney, you want to get something to close the gap and ensure that it is safe to do so. The last thing you want when trying to close a gap, is to accidently use the wrong material and catch your house on fire. Check your weather strips, they are inexpensive and easy to install. Weather stripping works wonders on both windows and doors. The main area in a home, the living area, tends to have the most drafts especially if you have older windows and doors. Professional building performance companies are familiar with the process of air sealing, and can get your home into an acceptable range of air leakage.  Please note you can make your home tighter than what codes allow and may require mechanical ventilation for safety, so it is always good to rely on the professionals to diagnose the issue and provide you with the proper solutions.  Comfort, safety and energy efficiency included!

Common Home Air Leaks by GGR Energy

If you need help in locating or correcting a common home air leak, please visit us at GGR Energy either online or give us a call so we can come out and save you some money, and time! GGR Energy is committed to helping our customers save energy, increase their home comfort and make their home safer.

Indoor Home Health

Indoor home health and energy efficiency appliances

Can the health of your home affect your financial and physical health? Yes! Not only can an unhealthy home wreak havoc on your wallet but also, an outdated residence with poor indoor air quality can trigger coughing, sore throat, and shortness of breathe.  Scary to think when we spend a better portion of our time indoors! So, how can we get our indoor home health on the right track? First, by understanding the benefits of a healthy residence and second, performing a home energy assessment.

Physical and Financial Benefits of a Healthy Home:

Poor indoor air quality can leave our home far from a sanctuary.  According to E. Neil Schacter, MD, the medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, “If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent headaches, long lasting colds, and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma.”[1]  Optimizing your home’s air quality can minimize pesky headaches and other related ailments. By making a few adjustments via air sealing, furnace replacement or ventilation improvements, your home and more importantly, you will be healthier.

Indoor home health is becoming more of a necessityNot only can poor indoor home health affect you physically but also, it can have a lasting impact on your wallet! Tired of opening your energy bill each month and seeing a big payment? Implementing energy saving technology or an indoor health plan can lower your monthly bill!  Better insulation or appliance replacement reduces energy consumption and in turn, saves you money!

For homes that have the option of solar, the long-lasting financial benefits far exceed the initial cost.  By using the natural heat from our California sun, solar lowers the cost to heat and cool your home.

Finally, a healthy, energy efficient home can make you money.  What better financial benefit is there than that?  Through Energy Upgrade California, homeowners can take advantage of cash rebates for energy improvements. With up to $4,000k in rebates, the program can be a financial benefit to homeowners!

Performing A Home Energy Assessment:

Take the first step to healthier home through a home energy assessment.  By taking into account a home’s outside shell and internal organs, a home energy assessment determines whether or not a home functions properly.  Depending on various factors such as year or construction material, homes may need updated in order to run efficiently and effectively.  By identifying and prioritizing changes through diagnostic testing, a home energy assessment can accomplish the goal of a healthy home and improvement of indoor health!

A healthy home can improve both your financial and physical health. Get your home’s health on the right track by performing a home energy assessment.

To schedule a home energy assessment or for more information on indoor home health visit GGR Energy at www.ggrenergy.com.

[1] Mann, Denise, For WebMD “Having a Bad Air Day? Improve Your Indoor Home Quality” Retrieved March 14, 2013.

Are You Energy Efficient?

Tightened 100 dollar roll.Lets face it, today people are becoming more aware of the fact that we consume and waste much more energy than we should. We do this in many ways that you might not expect.

For example:

  • If that tea kettle only needs enough water for one mug of coffee don’t fill it to the top causing your stove to work harder in reaching a boil.
  • If your light bulbs are not incandescent, switch them out to save money and energy.
  • In the summer months, take advantage of the weather and line dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. They will smell naturally fresh and that good old sun of ours will take the stains right out!

See this detailed energy saving list for more great ideas!

The Average Californian home consumes around 567 kw/h costing around $83.70 per month. When the weather changes, this price can go up rather fast. If you live in a home that has not been upgraded with energy efficient appliances and has not been checked for air leakage and poor insulation, your energy consumption can be way more than it should be. Here are a few questions that will help you see how energy efficient you are:

  1. Has my home been checked for air leakage around my doors, windows, and attic?
  2. Have my HVAC systems been cleaned and up to date?
  3. Are my HVAC systems and household appliances energy efficient?
  4. Is my insulation in the right place and is it the correct insulation I need for my specific home?
  5. Are my floors properly insulated?
  6. Are my lighting fixtures using Incandescent bulbs?
  7. Have I looked into solar power as a saving option?
  8. Are my windows high performance and installed correctly leaving no gaps for escaping air?
  9. Do I have a reflective coating on my roof to help the heat from the sun reflect off my home instead of being absorbed, saving me from using my AC more than needed?
  10. Do I change my AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep my unit running at its peak?

Educate yourself on how you can save energy everyday. It will undoubtably put that hard earned money back where it belongs—into your pocket.