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Inexpensive Energy Solutions

It's still pretty warm here in sunny Southern California. We are all still finding means of staying cool during the heat waves, but at the same time our electricity bills end up increasing.

Photo: One of Kaplan Construction's kitchen remodels in Belmont Shore. For more photos of this kitchen remodel, click  here .

Photo: One of Kaplan Construction's kitchen remodels in Belmont Shore. For more photos of this kitchen remodel, click here.

Our last blog post on energy conservation focused on Fast and Free Energy Saving Tips, but now we are going to provide some inexpensive energy saving tips.

  • Replace air conditioning filter.
    Replacing air conditioning filters will ensure a clean air flow throughout your home and prevent stressing out your air conditioning unit. Dirty filters will cause your air conditioning unit to work harder, meaning more energy consumption. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefits.
     
  • Plug your home's leaks.
    Plugging in your home's leaks will help save energy. With cracks between windows and doors, cool air from your air conditioning unit or hot air from your heater can easily escape your home, causing your air conditioning unit or heating unit to work harder than it should. Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows, and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
     
  • Choose ENERGY STAR products.
    If you need to purchase a new appliance for your home, it is best to choose an ENERGY STAR product. ENERGY STAR products are energy efficient appliances. In California, some electricity companies offer rebates for having ENERGY STAR products in your home. 

Doing these fixes for your home, will help you save money on your electricity bill and conserve energy.

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3 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Remodel

Thinking of having your home remodeled? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you decide to remodel.

Home Remodel in Laguna Beach, CA. To see more images of this house, click  here .

Home Remodel in Laguna Beach, CA. To see more images of this house, click here.

  1. Know Your Budget
    Understand how much you can spend for the remodel. Keep in mind the fees for obtaining city permits for a  remodel.

  2. Focus on the Reasons Why You want a Remodel
    For example, you want to expand your master bedroom to accommodate a walk in closet. Think of how you want storage to work in that space and what you plan on storing in the closet. Doing so, will allow you to maximize the space in your closet.

  3. Understand the Remodel may be a Lengthy Process
    Depending on what it is you plan on remodeling, you may or may not be able to live in your home during the remodeling process. It would be best to prepare if you will need to move out during the remodel.

Keeping these 3 tips in mind will have you ready for your home remodel!

Contact Kaplan Construction at 562-495-0483 or via email for your next home remodel!