7 Home Renovation Ideas Improving Energy Efficiency

There is no question that energy efficiency is one of the most important issues society faces in 2022. As such, homeowners are continuously looking for ways to curb their consumption and reduce the carbon footprint coming from their homes.

And while the lighter utility bills and altruistic investment in the future of the planet are valuable in and of themselves, there is yet another reason to remodel for energy efficiency: buyers are willing to pay roughly 2.7% more for homes that have high energy efficiency ratings. 

With this in mind, the following breakdown looks at 7 home renovation ideas for improving energy efficiency. 

Slate Roofing

One of the most stylish, yet energy efficient, building materials on the market is slate roofing. Thanks to its outstanding insulative properties, slate can reduce heating and cooling costs by roughly 10% over traditional asphalt shingles.

In addition, slate is one of the most

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How The Earthy History of Dome Homes Is Influencing Design Now | Architectural Digest

To start, the rounded shape makes dome houses more energy efficient than traditionally shaped homes, lowering both heating and cooling costs, Dana notes. Dome houses can also be built faster, using fewer materials and resources than traditional housing. Although some form of concrete is still often used to create a home’s outer shell, Dana says that there are also more sustainable options, including natural earth materials like adobe, bamboo, straw, or mud, as well as modern concrete replacements like hemp and mycelium.

Part of what makes dome homes so sustainable lies in their design. “The dome shape evenly distributes stress without supporting columns or walls, making them surprisingly strong,” adds Dana. This means that domes have the ability to withstand most meteorological and geological events, including extreme temperatures, wind, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires. Not having to frequently rebuild or repair the home cuts down on the consumption (and cost)

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