How to Upgrade to an Energy Efficient Home in Los Angeles

Looking to upgrade to an energy efficient home in the Los Angeles suburbs? California has led the nation in energy efficiency programs since the 1970s, and there’s no slowing down now. While the rest of the United States has increased their energy usage by 33 percent, California has remained flat. This shows that our efforts are working. 

If you’re looking to upgrade to a new, energy efficient luxury home in Los Angeles, Kavin Construction can help. We are a premier residential contractor that has been in business since 1974. Below are some of the ways that we help residents like you reach their goals in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  

Consider Solar Panels 

California is the first state to mandate solar panels for new homes. This proves that solar power will one day be the future. The best time to install solar panels is when you have a brand new roof installed. This way, you can ensure greater efficiency and a longer lasting system. 

While we don’t handle the solar panels ourselves, we can help you choose a sturdy, long-lasting roof that will work well with the panels and keep cold and hot air out. Some popular picks for California homes include metal roofs and roofs made from architectural shingles. 

Install Energy Efficient Lighting 

If you’re going for efficiency, we highly recommend LED lighting. These lights are more efficient than CFLs, contain no mercury and last for many years. They can also meet a variety of lighting needs from bright white to soft yellow. Let Kavin Construction help you find the right LEDs for the task and place these lights strategically. We also utilize natural light as much as possible – it’s free and available! 

Choose the Right Windows and Doors 

During a home renovation, it’s common to replace the windows and doors. Builder grade windows tend to be inexpensive and made from low-grade materials. But during a remodeling project, you can opt for higher quality windows that are durable and built to last. Kavin Construction will help you pick out windows and doors that control heat loss and gain. 

Improve Your Insulation 

If you’re planning an extensive home remodel in Los Angeles, consider the condition and quality of your insulation. Improved insulation is one of the best ways to save money and improve efficiency throughout your entire home. It’s not uncommon for homes to have leaks in their attic that let outdoor temps slip in easily. Fortunately, you can fix this problem by bumping up the R value of your insulation and increasing the amount of insulation you have in the attic. 

Upgrade Your Appliances and HVAC System 

When you’re ready to replace your appliances in your newly renovated kitchen, be sure to make smart decisions. Don’t just go for the best looking or technologically-advanced appliances. In fact, energy efficient appliances don’t have to break your budget. There are plenty of options that look great and will save you money, too. 

In addition to your appliances, also give attention to your HVAC system. There are some new technologies that are worth looking into, such as hydronic heating and cooling systems. Also, planting trees near and around your home can offer natural protection from the sun. Just be sure to follow the rules in regards to how close to plant the trees

Kavin Construction is one of the most trusted residential home renovation companies in Los Angeles. Contact us today to discuss your project and how you can make your home upgrades more energy efficient.