Nobody enjoys paying more for utilities than they have to. And yet, next to your mortgage payment, your utilities bill may be your single largest monthly expense.
It’s easy to think that in an area such as Naples or Bonita Springs that utilities aren’t that big of a deal. After all, we don’t spend a fortune every winter heating our homes. Of course there’s another side to that coin. From April through November we regularly have high temperatures that hit the mid-80s to mid-90s. That means that many of us are running our air conditioners a lot more than our neighbors up north.
So while we may use less natural gas (or electricity) for heating our homes, we consume more electricity to keep them cool. But gas and electricity aren’t the only utilities concern that Florida homeowners have. We consume a fair amount of water in our homes as well.
As the Florida Climate Center states: “For a state that receives about 58 inches of rain annually, a discussion of drought in Florida might appear to be of little relevance. But drought is a part of our climate, just like hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires, and tornadoes. Unlike the other hazards that affect the state, droughts can impact large areas and last for months, even years.” Keeping an eye on water consumption is something that all of us need to be aware of.
Obviously, it’s not just the economic impact of energy efficiency that’s important. The way we use energy has an impact on the whole environment of this beautiful state in which we live.
That’s one area where a remodeling of your Naples-area home can make a difference. In addition to adding visual appeal to your home—and making it more comfortable—you can also have a positive impact on the amount of natural resources you use. Here are just a few things you may want to think about if you’re thinking about remodeling your Naples home. Individually, they may not seem like a big deal, but the cumulative affect can be significant.
- Kitchen Remodels: Consider more energy-efficient appliances such as stoves, ovens, refrigerators, and freezers. If you’re replacing windows, make sure you get windows that will help keep your home cool in the hot summer months
- Bathroom Remodels: If you’re re-doing your bathroom, insist on low-volume (or low flow) toilets. Have your remodeler install low flow shower heads to reduce the amount of water you use. Here’s a guide to the best low flow shower heads that helps you save water without feeling like you have to run around in the shower just to get wet.
- Whole House Remodels: If you’re tackling several rooms within your home, talk to your builder about ensuring that you have adequate insulation that will help keep your home warm in those rare cool times and cool the rest of the time. Ask for suggestions about the best windows for the southwest Florida climate. Not only can you end up with better windows that will light up the interior of your home, but you’ll also be more comfortable—and save money on cooling.
Just because we don’t spend a lot of money heating our homes in the Naples area doesn’t mean we don’t have to keep an eye on energy efficiency. Talk to your professional remodeler about the unseen things that can be done during your remodeling projects to increase your comfort—and reduce the amount of energy you use.