Not necessarily. Vaulted ceilings can raise energy costs if the space, as an attic, wouldn’t have been heated/cooled, but many modern attics are built to be temperature controlled storage or office space. Insulation is also a big factor. If the house is well insulated with no-leak windows and the attic space is heated and cooled along with the rest of the house, remodeling that area into a vaulted ceiling will make little difference. Finally, if the attic space is being used as a bedroom for a child in college, an elderly parent or even rented out, that will dramatically lower each of the house’s residents’ eco footprint because that person, who otherwise might have been living in a 700-square-foot apartment by themselves, is sharing the environmental cost of heating and cooling with the homeowners.
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