Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems. In our homes, Lavitech has found that retrofitting often includes replacing things like electrical systems or water fixtures. This is an easy way to make your home a more sustainable place to live.
Lighting is something that can easily be improved. Installing fixtures with dimmers and motion sensor lighting work great in places that are very busy or for people with mobility limitations . And since motion sensors use electricity and sometimes require batteries, they’re best for those who have difficulty remember to turn off lights. Another easy fix for a person who wants to live “green” can include using energy efficient bulbs with a motion sensor built in.
If doing an entire fixture is too much, then try simply using more efficient lights. These usually use a fraction of the energy as regular and last much longer. Each high-use bulb you replace will save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year, and they last for many years.
Saving water is the most important thing to consider when doing a makeover. Although most household waste consumption is caused by bad habits, installing and maintaining water-saving fixtures is an important step. Start by installing low-flow showerheads and faucets as well as toilets and showers, then fix any leaks as soon as they happen. This can be done inexpensively and will save you gallons of water and money in the future.
Water heating is another point to consider. More than 10 percent of our energy bills typically come from heating up water. Although the best way to reduce that number is to use less of it for bathing and washing your hands, you can consider other options as well. Consider setting up a solar water heater. No longer an expensive option, they are very effective. Another option is installing a waste-heat recovery system that preheats the shower water with the warm water going down the drain. Consult a Lavitech green building expert an effective option for your home.
There are other things that can be done such as creating better ventilation. This can be done with fans and an upgraded HVAC system.
With all the things that can be done, Lavitech has found that any home can be retrofitted into a better place to live for both you and our planet. Call us today at 818-232-7385 to schedule a free on site estimate and see what we can do for you.