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Eco Friendly Homes

A presentation on Eco Friendly Homes

chris stevens

on 21 April 2010

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Eco-Friendly Homes Pros:
Saves Money
Saves The Enviornment
Reduces Carbon Footprint
Easy To Do
You can save your lungs

Initial Cost
Requires Effort
Reinstallation of systems
Poor-Weather areas Steps to make your house Eco-Friendly Find an energy calculator to assess your current energy usage Install solar panels. Solar heating will provide energy for your house in many ways. It can heat water at the most basic level. Solar energy is pure, clean energy. Use low wattage light bulbs. These are a great way to save energy easily. They plug straight into any lighting unit and use less energy. These energy-smart bulbs use 70-75% less energy than the incandescent kind and last up to ten times longer! Choose low flow toilet mechanisms. These use less water while still doing the same job as regular toilets. Obviously, you will save water and money on water bills. Roof improvements. Believe it or not, research indicates that roof color and the type of material used can help to lower attic temperatures. Light colored tile roofs out perform the shingle ones when it comes to decreasing temperatures. If you are thinking about re-roofing your home, consider white tile, which has properties that will help reduce heat gain to your attic. Create a compost pile in your backyard. Find a private spot in your yard to make a compost pile. Mix food wastes with dirt and use a shovel to turn the pile over every week or so to give it some air. Turn throwaways like eggshells, coffee grounds and spoiled vegetables into soil and garbage into something useful. Don't waste water. Check your home carefully for leaky faucets and get them repaired as quickly as possible. Use cold water when laundering clothes and adjust your clean threshold if you possibly can. Install an aluminum-clad storm door. This type of door is energy-efficient and will help to insulate the entryway of your home. Invest in a high-efficiency HVAC system that is Energy Star certified and install it in your home. This will greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. It will also shave your utility bill enough to make you smile reasonably broadly. Look for a product with a higher SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio). This means that the product in question meets strict government criteria necessary to be deemed "energy efficient." The standard is 13 SEER, but many heating and air conditioning products have a rating as high as 18 SEER. Consider investing in and installing an automated thermostat. High tech thermostats are well worth the cost, and what you spend, you will get back over time in lower energy bills. It is estimated that you can save about 3% of your heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter and up to 6% for every degree you raise it during the summers. Use power strips for your home computers. Even after you turn off your computer, power continues to flow to peripherals like printers and scanners. Power strips prevent the energy from being wasted and only cost about thirty dollars. Insulate your home. Doors and windows are two of the most obvious areas of concern when it comes to home energy conservation. Use weather-stripping. Once air leaks have been detected, doors and windows are usually the first areas that need attention. Live by the code of the 3 Rs; Refuse, Reuse and Recycle. Keep these three things in mind whenever you buy, use or discard anything. (If relatives and in-laws don't live up this standard, the next course of action can only be up to you.) Add insulation to your hot water heater. Don't forget that the standard water heater found in most homes is on all the time. Adding some extra insulation will save more energy than you would think and knock up to 15% off the costs of heating water. Consider window tinting to reduce the glare of the sun. This has several beneficial and energy-saving effects. First of all, it will reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. Tinting will also eliminate up to 99% of damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce the fading of your fine fabrics and furnishings. http://www.toolbarn.com/blog/post/view/identifier/tips-to-be-green/ Install skylights in your roof. This will allow natural sunlight
to illuminate your house for free, especially over rooms
that are the darkest. EXAMPLES: http://www.simondale.net/house/ http://www.ecofriendlyhouses.net/
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