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Home Owners Call for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Jul 7, 2008
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As they grapple with skyrocketing energy costs, more homeowners are turning to remodelers for money-saving solutions. According to the results of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI), 33% of surveyed remodelers report that they are increasingly called on to improve the energy efficiency of their client’s homes. The RMI measures remodeler perceptions of market demand for current and future residential remodeling projects. According to the survey, remodelers have installed a number of efficiency-enhancing products in recent months, including: *High-efficiency HVAC systems (56%) *High-efficiency kitchen appliances (47%) *Windows—73% of surveyed remodelers installed more energy-efficient windows that are insulated to prevent outdoor heat exchange. *Insulation—65% made upgrades such as insulation replacement and spraying foam or fiber insulation into enclosed walls and roof cavities, while 27% insulated foundations and 52% installed insulated exterior doors. Water-saving faucets and fixtures (46%) Newer technologies are also quickly gaining in popularity, the survey said. For example, 35% of remodelers reported installing tankless water heaters.

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