Monday, August 26, 2013

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FACTS

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FACTS


* GREEN BUILDING

In 1970, the average U.S. house was 1,500 sq. ft. Today, it is 2,500 sq. ft., two-thirds larger. Nearly one-third of all households have three cars or more, with 80% increase in road travel, that is almost 9 million barrels of gasoline daily or 43% of total global daily gasoline consumption in the U.S.

Green Tips for Energy Efficient Comfort

A temperature does not change unless it is attracted to a temperature of greater or lesser value. Infiltration of outside air can be mostly prevented with a few improvements that will save you dollars and comfort for years to come.

a. Trees, shutters, and roof overhangs (shade) can cut the temperature by as much as 20 degrees 0F.

b. Insulated low-e windows installed will cut energy cost.

c. Ceiling fans mix and move air, keeping the room more comfortable with less A/C power.

d. Insulation properly installed in walls, under floor and attic will help prevent heat gain into the core of your house. Seal and caulk around outlets, door and windows. Wet sprayed cellulous insulation is ideal at 27% higher cost, but paid back in short time.

e. Install reflective foil in rafters and lighter color shingles also help prevent heat gain.

f. Install energy efficient appliances and air condition system with fresh air economizer equipment. Not only you will save money but you will be adding security for your family.

g. Install a gray water system, giving you double use of your water.

h. Install tankless hot water heater. A 25% more upfront cost worth it.

i. For south and west facing walls use minimum 2x6 studs or apply another fa├žade wall architecturally designed in front of the existing wall. This will give a fresh architectural look to your house while saving your dollars lost from heat gain, plus 30% increase value in curb appeal.



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