5 Interior Decor Options and Appliances that Save Energy

Today, more than ever, going green is important. Not only do many people want to help protect the earth, but choosing energy-efficient appliances and décor can help you save money on your utility bills too. In addition, there can sometimes be tax breaks available for choosing certain energy-efficient devices too (consult your accountant for more details on that matter)! We’ve put together a list of five appliance and décor options that can help you save energy—allowing you to feel good about your green contributions and your potential savings too!
Energy Efficient Windows

  • Choose the Right Windows – If you aren’t careful, your windows allow energy to seep out of your home. Not only do you have to worry about cracks around the windows, but the panes themselves enable the sun to beat down on your home (in summer) and make the temperature rise. If you are in the process of considering home renovations and upgrades, consider choosing high-quality windows with temperature control features. While these may cost more upfront, they will save you big in the long run.
  • Select Efficient (and Attractive) Lighting – When redecorating, consider light placement very carefully. You may be able to get by with fewer lamps and bulbs if you are smart with where the lights are installed. In addition, choose CFL bulbs instead of traditional incandescent for another simple way to save energy.

Energy Saving Ceiling Fan

  • Consider Ceiling Fans – Installing ceiling fans in your home can help you to rely on the air conditioning system less in the summer, especially during the evening hours. However, it can benefit you in winter too. A ceiling fan will help move warm air through the house and cut down on how long the heater runs.
  • Opt for Energy-Star Rated Appliances – Choosing to replace old appliances with newer, Energy-Star rated appliances can be a smart move in many cases. You may be amazed by the energy and cost savings. An 80’s era refrigerator, for example, uses 1400 kWH or energy per year while a modern model only uses around ’50.

Updating Old Fixtures

  • Replace Outdated Fixtures – Low-flow showerheads can save a lot of water. An aerator on your kitchen sink can too. Today’s low-flow heads are attractive as well as functional too. Changing out the faucets in a kitchen or bathroom can be a quick and easy way to update the entire look of the room. Also, if you are redoing countertops or cabinetry, you do not want to ignore the faucets and wind up with an outdated look.

If you are interested in more ways that you can save energy while improving how your home looks and feels, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Based in Lorton, Virginia, we have been serving the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area since 1983. We would love to help you bring your ideas to life!

Eco-Friendly Floors and Cabinets

If you’re facing a remodeling project for your home and are concerned about the environment, you may be wondering how you can incorporate eco-friendly flooring and cabinetry into the rooms in your house. What are the best types of green products and materials to use that won’t put undue stress on the environment? Let’s explore some of the options that are available to you.

Flooring

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The flooring you choose should be durable and versatile according to your usage requirements. Homes with lots of kids and pets will need something a little stronger than a couple that lives alone, for example. The colors and shades you choose will depend on the surrounding décor. Instead of a cheap throw rug on your flooring, try a sustainable rug that’s made from 100 percent Indian jute. This – surprisingly — affordable vegetable fiber is spun into durable threads that protect your hardwood flooring underneath. Instead of an outdoor wooden deck that will fade from years under the harsh sun, try ceramic rather than timber. Not only does it save trees and emissions, it also provides a natural, rustic texture made from 85 percent recycled material that resists fading. Another alternative to outdoor decking is to use recycled plastic bottles. It looks just as beautiful and it’s just as durable, but this composite recycled decking is available in many shades and textures, whether you want a traditional grain or an exotic hardwood. Another interior flooring that resembles hardwood is a porcelain tile derived from 85 percent recycled material that won’t ever need shining or refinishing.

Cabinets

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Time to re-do your cabinets? Go for an eco-friendly touch this time with reusable and recycled materials. There’s been a lot of buzz about bamboo lately, and for good reason. This sustainable product is actually a kind of grass, not tree. It grows super fast in varied climates, so it’s easy to regenerate thanks to a maturity rate of just five years. Plus it’s very dense which lends it a certain durability that’s even harder than maple or oak. Compare that with your average hardwood tree which takes up to three decades to grow back fully. Another way to make a truly eco sustainable kitchen is to incorporate custom cabinetry made entirely from aluminum and glass. Using repurposed wood is a simple, rustic, natural way to bring new life to old wood, particularly when you match it to your counter tops as well.

Remodeling your kitchen gives you a brand new slate form which to start over. No more laminates, plastics and other materials that aren’t biodegradable. Choose natural materials for eco-friendly flooring and cabinets to create a more modern approach to homeownership.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!