As Spring approaches we all think about remodeling and we want to fix things up, clean things out, up grade, spruce up and generally make things better. We usually start with our homes, the place we live. How can we make it better, more special than it already is, an even nicer place to share with those we love? If money is not object, then it’s easy……..let’s just knock out a wall and add a wing. The reality is that is NOT where most of us live……counting our dimes is more like it for most of us.
So what can we who are on a budget do, to share in the excitement of a “new look” for our home? Let’s look at the things that we think can make the most difference. Most of the time, when you hear someone describe their home with which they are dissatisfied, it is in terms of “it’s so dark”, “it’s dull and depressing”, or I just want something to “brighten things up a bit.” IF this is what you are feeling, let me tell you about a way you can do all these things, and do it without breaking the budget.
Think about it, we have an ever present source of clean light every day in the sun. But how can we get it into our homes where it will do the most good for us? Of course, more windows is the obvious way, but they can cost LOTS and require major changes to walls, roofs and other parts of the house. But what about using something that would bring the sun inside WITHOUT all this mess and expense? That is where a Solar Tube comes into it’s own. It does all this and does it at a fraction of the cost of adding windows.
We have a bathroom in our home that has a very small window up high over the tub that let’s in some light but with the shower curtain closed to cover the tub, it does not do a very good job and you always felt as if you were entering some kind of dark, inner chamber that was NOT very inviting. We installed a simple Solar Tube and it has made a tremendous difference. Now, when
we come out of the bathroom during the day, for a long time, we would reach for the light switch to turn off the light…..which was not on! It is that bright! It almost feels like you are stepping into a “sun room”. Our home is all on one level so it is easy to add to any room but this would be more difficult if you are trying to do this in a two story house, but I’m sure a good contractor could help you find a solution to that. An additional “perk” for this type of passive lighting is that in some states you can actually receive a tax credit to help offset some of the cost since this is considered to be an alternative energy solution to reducing our energy needs. Many roofing companies in New Jersey offer a multitude of solar solutions for the home.
All in all, it is a great way to brighten up the dark rooms in your house at a low cost. And maybe best of all, after you get it installed, you will NEVER have another bill for the light that you are using making this project an instant moneysaver. www.jerseyshore.construction offers green solutions for everything from roofing and siding installation at the Jersey Shore to building additions for the home.