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Living Green In 2013

Living Green In 2013

With so much awareness on being healthy everywhere, what about living health? We have compiled a list of what we feel could benefit you when building green.

 

Energy Efficiency: Insulation

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Heating and cooling interior spaces can account for 50 percent of a home’s energy use. Stop drafts with spray foam insulation which seals to protect air gaps. Build exterior walls with 6-inch-wide studs instead of the traditional 4-inch studs.  Make sure to caulk all gaps around windows and doors. You can find more information on this by checking out our blog Easy Inexpensive Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill. 

 

Energy-Efficient Equipment

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Use high-efficiency mechanical and electrical equipment. Always look for the blue star label that ensures  it’s energy efficient by the EPA. Consider using point of use, or tankless, eco-friendly water heaters. These save energy because they do not have to keep a large tank of water hot until it is needed.

 

Energy-Efficient Passive Heating and Cooling

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Do you have a lot of sun or wind? Install windows on all sides for cross ventilation, and consider awning windows that can remain open in light rain. Use skylights and light tubes to brighten interior rooms.

 

Low Environmental Impact

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A great way to conserve water and be green when it comes to your landscape, is to design exterior spaces such as patios and driveways with permeable materials to let water soak in. Conserve water and reduce waste water inside with low-flow toilets and water-saver shower heads and faucets. You can find some trendy low impact faucets by clicking on our blog 2013 Hottest Bathroom Trends.

 

Now that you have some handy tips on building green, we want to know are there anymore out there that you can share with us? “Like” our facebook page and keep the conversation going, You can also find more tips and pictures by adding us on facebook!

Allen Tankersley
info@cornerstonebuilders.org