ENERGY REDUCING DESIGN

  • Reducing energy consumption saves natural resources and money
  • Energy efficient windows can be expensive but save a lot in the long run
  • Reflective surfaces enhance natural light in your home
  • Choose lighting based on purpose
  • Energy efficient appliances can perform better and save money

Reducing the amount of energy we consume each day is not only good for the environment, it also helps us save money.  Here are some things you can do to make your home more energy efficient:

  • Replace old, drafty windows with highly insulated windows.  The best type of windows are insulated with argon gas between the two panes.  This isn’t cheap but consider the amount of money you will save over the years!  You can take this a step further by installing SPD (suspended particle device) glazing.  This technology allows you to adjust the amount of light you let in which, can help reduce heating and cooling costs.
  • Use highly reflective finishes to help illuminate spaces with natural sunlight.
  • Install automatic occupancy lighting controls in rooms that are not used often. These automatically switch off after a certain amount of time.  Set lights on a timer so they automatically turn on and off at a certain times each day.  This is great for outdoor lighting.
  • Consider the wattage you are using on all your lamps.  Not all should be the same.  Ambient lighting should be softer, while task lighting should be stronger.  LED bulbs are the most energy efficient.
  • Opt for energy efficient appliances (look for ones with a high Energy Star rating).  A front-loading washing machine, not only dries clothes better, it also uses less water.
  • Choose low flow toilets and shower heads to reduce water waste.
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