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Energy Efficiency in Your Home

By Johanne

Energy efficiency is a hot topic today and remodelers in California often must choose energy-efficient solutions. From lighting to appliances, these products aim to lower your home's energy consumption. Title 24 also mandates the use of low-flow toilets, shower and faucets, with even ultra-low use choices coming into the realm. Take these into consideration for your remodel!

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Lighting

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While the days of blue LED bathroom lighting has not completely disappeared, looking for LED lighting in the warm- 2700K, or neutral-3000K spectrum is key. With existing fixtures, consider switching out your current bulbs for LEDs. There are now LED bulbs in every shape, many are dimmable with the proper dimmer, and even the popular retro Edison style bulbs are now available as LEDs.

Outlets

Beware of energy vampires! Outlets that are occupied but are not in use can be draining to your energy bill. Consider installing outlets that can be remotely controlled, have an auto shut-off feature, or using one of these power strips in your home.

There are three main types of smart power strips, including:

  • - Timer-equipped, which have a programmable timer that can be controlled from your phone

  • - Occupancy sensing that are controlled by motion detectors that turn on/off in response to your physical presence

  • - Current Sensing that detect when a device plugged into the master outlet has entered a low-powered sleep mode or is off, and then automatically turns off the other outlets connected to accessories.

Appliances

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Photo of Wolf induction range, courtesy of www.subzero-wolf.com

Look for "energy star" products to guide you to appliances the best energy-efficient options. These can help save up to 40% on your bills! Induction cooking now gives the option of a cooking source as responsive or more so than gas-without the added cost of plumbing in a gas line. Steam ovens and combination convection and microwave ovens can be fantastic space-saving options in tight-space kitchens. Don't forget to dispose of your old appliances with the delivery of the new one and ensure adding new appliances will still work with your existing dedicated kitchen amperage.

Fixtures

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Photo of Toto wall-mounted dual flush toilet, courtesy of www.ybath.com

Low-flow fixtures are here to stay: companies like Toto are even offering extra low 1 GPF toilets that work like a charm. Adding a multi-function component to a shower head comes in handy to rinse out shampoo or to combine the zen feel of a rain shower with the option of a massage stream.