Your garage is an extension of your home. While it may not be finished like the rest of your house, it’s still important to the overall function and design of your home. However, since it’s separate, it can be one of the most neglected spaces on your property. If you give it some attention with renovations, it can become just as energy efficient as the rest of your house and have long-reaching effects on your property value and energy bills! Here are a few Orlando garage ideas to transform your space into a lean, green, energy-saving machine.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Incandescent and halogen bulbs may have been the standard when you last replaced your garage’s lighting, but they’re also some of the least efficient options on the market. Instead, upgrade your bulbs to high-quality LED lights. These bulbs last an average of 50,000 hours, meaning you’ll only have to replace them every ten years or so. Best of all, they use far less energy to put out the same amount of light, which immediately lowers your energy bills.
Insulate The Space
If you have an attached garage, the only thing keeping your garage temperature from influencing the indoor temperature is a thin wall. When the garage is improperly insulated, the outdoor temperature seeps in, which can cause your HVAC system to work overtime just to keep the main structure comfortable. Add insulation wherever possible. Add garage cabinets along the exterior walls and store your garden tools and equipment in them. These will act as a buffer between the elements and the rest of your home while also giving you more storage space!
Fix The Cracks
Believe it or not, cracks in the garage floor can lead to major energy seepage and loss from your home’s heating and cooling system. Even a small amount of energy loss can cause your heating and cooling bills to skyrocket over time! Instead, take the time to fix the cracks as soon as you notice them, or consider switching to epoxy floors. Tile is susceptible to cracking and scratches, whereas our epoxy floors are extremely durable even under constant use.
Need help making the most of your garage? Contact the pros at Garage Design Works. Our staff is full of great Orlando garage ideas to make your home as efficient as possible!