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Ways to Save Energy at Home

Regularly Maintain all Electrical Appliances

Make sure that various domestic appliances at your home such as the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, microwave, and other kitchen gadgets are maintained in outstanding and operable condition.

Simple DIY maintenance projects can do the job for you, or you may make an annual appliance maintenance and repair contract with a professional company. This will significantly reduce your home energy consumption over a period of time.

Use Appliances Efficiently

When you use the washing machine with your dryer, try to wash the bulk of clothes in a single cycle. This will ensure that multiple loads of clothes are dried while the dryer is already warm. Similarly, adjust the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer according to the load and your cooling needs. If you have a computer at home, set it to auto deep sleep mode to save energy when it is not in use.

Install a Solar Device

If your environment receives plenty of sunshine for a major part of the year, consider installing a solar energy device or roof solar panels to reduce your monthly energy bills. Solar energy is clean, green, and renewable. You can also receive tax credits …

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Choosing Green Home Builder

To find a green home builder you should talk to the contractors in your area. Some that will travel to your area to build your home but their services will add more expense to the cost of your home.

To ensure that you will have the best green home builder ask them what type of building material they will use. You should also inquire about their disposal methods to make sure they are in compliant with sustainability practices. The materials that they should use are non-toxic when possible, and environmentally friendly. They should also be materials that come from renewable sources, or sustainable material. This can include materials from homes that have been knocked down. This material can include old doors, cabinets, some of the wood to accent the home such as using the material for ceiling beams, and more. They should try to avoid using plastics and choose their wood carefully. You should ask to see examples of the green projects they have completed. Their construction philosophy should focus on green building. It should not just focus on using green techniques as a secondary technique. Make sure that the contract you sign states that it will be constructed from …

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Luxury Condos Can Be Eco-Friendly

The Benefits of Population Density

The more that a single structural element, utility, or appliance can be shared, the more efficient it is. In a luxury condo, a shared wall does what two separate walls would in houses. That translates to half as much building material to construct the wall, whether it’s wood, brick, concrete, etc. It’s also common for utilities to be centralized in a condominium complex, meaning that the hot water heater serves multiple units, a far more efficient use of energy than heating multiple small water heaters. The same holds true for air-conditioning and heating, which benefit from scaling up and serving multiple residences. By combining these functions that would need to be replicated at each individual home, multi-unit homes maximize efficient use of building materials and electricity.

Space to Breathe

On the other side of the equation, minimizing sprawl by sharing structures and appliances leaves more room on the property for outdoor features. Luxury condominiums have a much smaller footprint, on a per-unit basis, than individual homes. This means that the grounds can be larger and more luxurious, with water features and even small community gardens that would not be possible on many small lots.

The

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Green Homes for Sale

When you purchase a green home they will contains all or some of the following features that are earth friendly. Fiber cement siding. Alternative power system like wind and solar. Recycled building insulation. No VOC stains and paints, which stands for volatile organic compound. It is any compound that is carbon-based and will vaporize at standard room temperatures. Some of the more prevalent ones are formaldehyde, acetone, and methane. Solar powered hot water heating

Even if you do not live in a green home, there are things that you can do to increase your energy conservation. It will even help contribute to saving our environment. Making your home a green home can help to reduce global warning and save the homeowner money. It will significantly better the environment and require little effort for the homeowner.

Instead of using the standard incandescent light bulbs start to use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). When you switch to the CFL’s you can save per year over a hundred dollars. You can find these lights in the same aisle as your regular bulbs but they are little more expensive. In the United States, if every house switches the type of light bulbs they were …

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Major Solar Panel Mistakes

  • Not checking with local authorities. You have up to three sets of people you need to get approval from if you live in a city, suburb or especially a historical district (folks in rural areas usually have little to worry about here). Check with your local zoning board. There may be restrictions on what you can do to the exterior of your house, especially if your southern exposure faces the street. Sometimes it is as simple as applying for a zoning variance. It may take a few weeks to get approval but cover your behind! One pesky neighbor could bring your solar dreams to a halt. The building inspector needs to be sure you are not putting your roof in jeopardy. Solar panel are heavy and roofs are not designed, generally, to carry loads. You may need to reinforce the area over which you are planning to install the panels. Most newer homes, however, shouldn’t need altering. If you belong to a homeowner’s association make double sure you have the latest bylaws in hand. Make sure you don’t need approval by the association to install panels. I would even suggest having a lawyer look over the regulations before you start
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Designing a Greenhouse

Greenhouses are made almost entirely of glass windows and skylights, which allows the sun to warm the interior, making a tropical climate for both humans and plants. Overheating and sunburn will not be an issue, as long as proper glazing options are considered. Incorporating low emission glass coatings, such as LoE 366, will produce a highly efficient glass structure that will block harmful rays in the summer and insulate during the winter. Ventilation will be crucial to ensure air circulates and does not become stagnant. Ridge vents, eave vents, and operable windows are great ventilation options for both humans and plants. Incorporating a retractable roof skylight will open the structure to the outside on warm, sunny days.

Growing palm trees inside the greenhouse is an ideal way to create a vacation atmosphere, as are hibiscus, and practically any vibrant tropical flower. Before cultivation begins, however, it is important to research the various preferences of each plant in order to ensure the greenhouse growing environment is mutually beneficial for each different species. Once the vegetation has been selected, creating the perfect interior environment will be easy with the help of a greenhouse control system, which integrates all lighting, heating, cooling, and …

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Transform a House Into an Eco Friendly Home

Your first step should be to convert the natural solar power into energy that we need for heating and cooling our homes. This can be done by installing solar panels. The money that goes into this act depends on the total area that you want to heat using these panels. For instance, if you want to heat your three story house entirely, then this would certainly be a huge investment. On the contrary, if you wish to use the solar power on a small scale, for example only on the pool shed or on your garage’s roof, then it would be quite affordable.

Properly insulating the attic of your house can also help you make your house green. Proper insulation would make your house stay cooler in the summers and retain heat during winters. There are lots of insulation options that can be considered, depending on where they would be used. Some of these options include spray foam, fiberglass, cellulose, soy beans, old denims, old newspapers etc.

Even, by simply replacing the old traditional bulbs with CFL bulbs, the monthly lighting costs can be significantly reduced. You can even consider hiring an experienced contractor to get the old and drafty …

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Finding Green Housing

One of the main things to consider is where the house is located. Part of being green is cutting back on your carbon footprint. Is your house close to shopping, schools, and work? If not, you’re spending a lot on fossil fuels getting to where you need to be.

You also should plan for a home that takes advantage of natural light where possible, so you can keep your electricity bill down. A green home will have landscaping that blots out the hot summer sun. The plants then lose their leaves in the winter to let in the winter light.

You should also find a home that has the ability to create cross-drafts to be able to take advantage of the cool night air. Few things are more refreshing after a hot day than that lovely evening breeze.

Choose a smaller home when you can. You’ll save resources since there is not as much material to go into construction. Plus, you’ll not have to heat as much in the winter or cool as much in the summer. This also means you should consider the floor plan. Does a two-story make sense, or should you go with a one-story ranch instead?…

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Energy Off the Grid

With solar power being such a new idea, many states have not yet got around to regulating the specifics for a ‘solar’ contractor. However, there is a renewable energy incentive program for every state and this would be a good place to start. There is also a web site for solar energy trade groups, which lists contractors.

Licensed solar contractors in your area will have been educated and trained in installing PV panels. This training will have been followed by field experience, so if you spot some solar paneling installed in your neighborhood, ask who did the work.

Solar contractors need to know more about their job than just installing the panels on the roof tops. He or she should be able to advise you on the size of panel that will work for your home as well as how it works. Hopefully you will know a little about solar energy before you go into it.

You will also need to negotiate some help if you are filling in any forms for grants etc. These must be discussed with the contractor prior to starting an order to make sure that everything will be up to the specification standards required for …

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Green Home Renovation Tips

Add plants inside out.

The garden is not the only part of your property where plants are supposed to be planted. Even inside your house, you can add some greens in potted forms. Choose those that grow minimal heights. They can be placed in the middle of a center table or a side table. It is better to choose plants that have light menthol scent in order to bring an aroma that mosquitoes and other insects avoid. You can hang ornamental plants in your terrace using empty plastic bottles. Decorate them if you wish.

Use tables made of wood or bamboo.

Wood and bamboo are two materials that will never be out of top lists when it comes to tables. Aside from being cheaper than steel and glass counterparts, they are more eco-friendly too. Their sources are renewable. They can also lessen the carbon foot print of your household.

Colorize your walls with zero-VOC paints.

Paints have long been used to transform the looks and give new life to idle spaces. If you are tired with how your wall appears, this is the perfect time to splat it with new colors and hues through zero-VOC paints. This type of paint …

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