The right type of controls can help automate operations, and proper maintenance can help promote efficiency. Both controls and maintenance collectively help you save money on Heating and Cooling bills. HVAC typically accounts for over 40% of a home’s energy use, so look carefully at new: Thermostats & Digital Controls, Programmable Thermostats, Wireless and Remote Thermostats, Multi-zone HVAC Systems, Dehumidifying Heat Pipes, ‘Smart’ Meter Reading, and HVAC Air Filters and Seasonal Tune-ups. “Measurement is the key to Management”. So, don’t just let the utility bill tell you what you are using, go down to your basement or out to your electric and gas meter at the same time of day for a week and write it down. See for yourself where you are spending money and the fist hand experience of measuring the use will help you better manage your HVAC, provide a little clarity on the often confusing utility bill, and guide your decision into some possible new controls or high efficiency systems.
The right home improvement products, techniques, and services:
Contractors, home improvement stores, and specialty shops in your area may not yet have a complete familiarity with the ‘green’ opportunities, products, system integration, and overall savings potential. So, you may get some resistance, since people in general are typically more comfortable recommending something that they are already familiar with rather than something new. To help break the inertia, use the information across this website like our Return on Investment Master ROI Table. Also feel free to post a question in our forum on the message board about a particular need for your home relative to your area. Our team has spent multiple years aggregating research from public and private sector performance reports and from manufacturers and homeowners across the country in order to provide you with the perspective you may need to see the initial payback and long term advantages. Environmental enthusiasts and leading institutions like the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Realtors, see the value and link into our resources to support their members.
The Green Home:
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Home Improvement Basics:
When it comes to home improvement basics, look for interior home improvements like creating a clean, safe, and healthy home through sustainable ‘green’ furniture, home décor, zero VOC and Interior Paint, plus ENERGY STAR Appliances and Electronics. For energy and utility savings you can focus on insulation and air sealing, windows, doors, lighting and skylights, water saving plumbing opportunities, and high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems. On the outside of your house, look for exterior home improvement opportunities through landscape design and gardening plus solar energy, wind and other power sources. If you are undertaking a major home renovation, an additions, or building a new home, then take the lead to ‘go green’ in as many ways as possible to save money and the environment.