Monday, May 2, 2016

What Does It Mean To "Green" Your Home?

LiveWell Homes proudly builds there homes with energy efficiency and "green" methods in mind. Not only to help keep our environmental footprint as small as possible, but to help keep our homeowners energy usage low.  Check out Earth Day Network's article below! 
"There’s been a lot of talk recently about greener and more energy-efficient buildings. But what exactly does this mean for your average homeowner? And what are the best ways for people to “green” their homes?
According to the EPA’s report, Our Built and Natural Environments, one of the most effective energy-saving strategies is to install an energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in homes or buildings, which alone can reduce energy use by 30% to 75%. Another technique is to add insulation and windows that create a barrier between indoor and outdoor air and limit heat loss or gain. Moreover, minimizing artificial lighting can also reduce excess heat from light bulbs, which in turn lowers the energy demand for air conditioning. Energy-efficient lighting involves not just using better technology, but also minimizing the need for artificial lighting through daylight techniques. For example, incorporating skylights, solar tubes, and north-facing windows into the building design can illuminate the interior space without consuming electricity. Even just positioning spaces and furniture to maximize sunlight that enters the structure can help reduce energy consumption"...

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