A Denver kitchen remodeling project is a great way to increase the value of your home. No matter how simple or small the upgrade, you can make great improvements that will pay off down the road. A kitchen remodel will help bring new life into your home and you will enjoy being there. Why not have all the work and invested dollars work for you too? There are some simple energy efficiency upgrades you can make that will enhance your remodel even more!
- Appliances: Your kitchen remodel will provide to be a great return on investment when you purchase energy efficient appliances. Especially because they are available in all the different types of styles—so no matter if you prefer a standard white, or stainless steel, you can invest in a great set. When shopping or working with a remodel company helping you choose appliances, look for the Energy Star logo. When choosing to buy a Energy Star certified refrigerator and freezer, you will save anywhere from 10 to 25 percent on your bills each month. For dishwashers, Energy Star advises to look at models that use 4.25 or less gallons per wash cycle. Educate yourself on some of the specific areas explaining how Energy Star equipment can pay off in Energy.gov’s “Kitchen Appliances” web page. In addition, when purchasing Energy Star certified equipment, you can qualify for certain tax rebates. Learn about the different options available in Colorado from Energy.gov’s “Tax Credits, Rebates and Savings.”
- Windows: Windows that leak air, or let outside temperatures in, can be very inefficient. If you currently have wood framing around your windows, you may want to talk to your kitchen remodel company on a different solution. Why? Wood doesn’t hold temperature well and adjusts to changes in temperature and moisture levels. Vinyl or aluminum has better insulation. Fiberglass or composite are also efficient. When trying to decide on the right windows, ask your installer about the efficiency levels. Consider the U-factor (rate the windows will bring in non-heat flow), solar heat gain (amount of solar radiation that may come through) and air leakage.
- Plumbing: When you can reduce your water usage, your wallet and the environment will thank you. Many older plumbing systems and fixtures, especially that are older than the early 1990s are very inefficient. Standards changed with the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992, which set many new plumbing standards. Then in 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program went into effect. This is not mandatory but anything marked with these settings use at 20 percent less water. Work with your remodeling company to upgrade your kitchen with efficient plumbing options that will reduce water use.
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. When ready to get started, Ridgeline Design and Build can help. We have been serving the Denver area with basement finishes, decks and patios, kitchen and bathroom remodels and room additions for over 46 years! Give us a call at 303-346-6100 to ask about your remodel and how we can help you install an energy efficient kitchen.