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Remodeling? Build in Energy Efficiency

  • Are you planning a home renovation? It's a great chance to remake your energy bill as well. From lighting to appliances to building materials, the choices you make can help improve the comfort and efficiency of your home.

  • Kitchen

    Adding new appliances? Purchase an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator and dishwasher; they use less energy than standard models. Install high-efficiency, LED fixtures and lamps for under-cabinet and ceiling lighting. LEDs use 75 percent less energy than conventional lamps and last a lot longer.

  • Bathrooms

    Install WaterSense labeled low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to conserve water and reduce your water heating costs. While you're at it, seal air leaks and install the appropriate insulation in the walls behind tubs and showers. Finally, control moisture and save energy by installing ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation fans.

  • Basement

    By finishing your basement, you can add living space without adding to your energy budget. Insulate basement walls and crawl spaces based on recommended levels. Seal air leaks around plumbing and wiring holes on outside walls. Replace older, single-pane windows with glass block or ENERGY STAR certified high-performance windows. It's also a great opportunity to replace your old clothes washer and dryer with new, ENERGY STAR models.

  • Room additions

    A bigger home doesn't necessarily mean bigger energy bills. Ask your contractor about advanced framing techniques. Advanced framing can help improve the insulating value of your new walls, while reducing material and labor costs. Make sure all new windows, skylights and doors are ENERGY STAR qualified.

  • Home energy audit

    If you're not planning a major renovation, you can still improve the efficiency of your home. Hire a qualified energy auditor to assess your home. You'll receive a customized list of energy-saving recommendations that will improve comfort and efficiency all year long.

If you’re thinking about remodeling, consider starting with a home energy audit! Appalachian Power’s eScore Program is designed to help our customers make their homes more energy efficient and save.

An eScore Energy Advisor will start with an on-site assessment of your energy use and score key areas of your home based on a 0-10 energy efficiency scale. These scores are combined into a report, your eScore, and upgrade recommendations are incorporated to increase your home’s energy efficiency until a max score of ten is reached! We even offer rebates on select measures to help cover the costs!

To learn more about the eScore Program and to schedule your eScore Home Energy Assessment, visit our website at http://takechargewv.com/residential/escore.aspx

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