May 2, 2005
Learn to Save with Energy Efficient Remodeling
PATH gives homeowners tips during National Home Remodeling Month
Spring is a popular time to start remodeling projects. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is giving homeowners a few more reasons to think about finally undertaking that long-discussed home renovation.
During May-the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) National Home Remodeling Month-PATH's Tip of the Month highlights how to get more out of a remodel by using the Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor.
The Rehab Advisor encourages homeowners to integrate efficiency during a typical remodeling project to improve comfort and quality. It shows how energy efficiency measures can pay for themselves through savings on utility bills. It lists the added cost of the energy-efficient upgrade, the resulting energy savings, and the payback period for each suggestion.
For example, in a bathroom renovation project in Burlington, Vt., adding wall and floor insulation, and sealing air leaks can save nearly $200 annually in utility bills. That means the $537 investment pays for itself in less than three years. Meanwhile, a basement renovation in Nashville, Tenn., that adds wall insulation, seals air and duct leaks for less than $400 can pay itself off after only 1.5 years. The Rehab Advisor also lists additional benefits, such as improved comfort, durability, indoor air quality, sound insulation and environmental benefits.
Additionally, PATH provides homeowners a variety of resources to help them understand the opportunities available to them during a remodeling project. These tools can help make the home a better, healthier, more comfortable place to live.
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Content updated on 5/3/2005