"Green" Homes Get the Go-Ahead
Nowadays, Austin homeowners who want to redesign their interior or exterior spaces aren’t just thinking about aesthetics or utility; energy conservation has also become a priority in the area of home remodeling. Due in part to government incentives and tax breaks for energy-rated homes, homeowners are increasingly interested in designs that maximize energy output while keeping costs and consumption low. In fact, in an economic downturn, “green” building is one of the few bright spots.
The number of ways to "go green" in home remodeling is growing by leaps and bounds. Along with the ever-popular solar panels and composting efforts, a host of sophisticated methods have been developed to make home living more Earth-friendly. Among the more popular trends in green remodeling are water conservation and energy efficiency. Bathrooms and kitchens are being designed with low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets, while appliances that are rated energy-efficient reduce water usage and waste. Homeowners are even seeking ways to collect, store and reuse rainwater.
Energy-efficient lighting is becoming a cornerstone of green home design. Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are fast becoming industry standards, and more homeowners are opting for fluorescent lighting (CFLs) as incandescent bulbs pass into obsolescence. Designers are also incorporating the most energy-efficient and cheapest means of illumination – natural light.
Building materials are also becoming a focus of conservation in home renovation as well. Builders are now installing kitchen surfaces and floors made of renewable or sustainable content. Homeowners who are interested in conservation and waste-reduction efforts are also beginning to seek out materials from sustainable or re-purposed sources. Some truly innovative building methods draw on far-fetched but effective materials like tires, straw and even earth.
Austin is famous around the world for its commitment to the environment and conservation of natural resources. It’s perhaps no surprise that this commitment is robust when it comes to home remodeling in Austin. Some Austin homeowners who want to attempt a conservation-friendly remodel may be hesitant because of concerns about cost, scale or appearance. The truth is that green remodeling doesn’t have to be comprehensive or meet energy-certification standards to be effective. A few minor adjustments – even invisible ones – can make a huge difference in the amount of energy a home consumes and its impact on the environment.
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