Want to green your home? Look for ways to make it more energy efficient. Even small changes can make a big difference: switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, for example, can reduce energy usage in lighting by up to 75 per cent.
The Green Home was created with energy-efficiency in mind. Its unique combination of eco-conscious features will reduce its total energy usage by as much as 30 per cent. That’s like having a year without any power bills every four or five years.
Energy-saving features of the HGTV Green Home include Energy Star appliances, high-performance windows and doors, solar panels and Energy Star lighting.
Here are some of the ways that the Green Home accomplishes these savings. You can use these ideas to help reduce your home’s energy consumption, too.
Insulation, Insulation, Insulation – The entire house, including the attic and foundation walls are insulated. The walls and ceilings are insulated with sprayed foam that expands to fill every crevice. This is augmented with rigid insulation around the exterior.
High-Performance Doors and Windows – The high-performance doors and windows used in the Green Home reduce glare and heat gain. During construction, extra flashing was added around doors and windows to help prevent leaks.
HVAC System – The HVAC system has a number of features that improve efficiency:
- Individual Controls – The system features several zones, and thermostats in each zone automatically adjust temperature settings during the day, evening and on weekends to save energy.
- No CFC Refrigerant – The system does not use any potentially harmful CFC-based refrigerants.
- Sealed Ductwork – All ducts are sized to deliver correct airflow to each room and sealed with mastic to prevent leaks.
- Noise – The system is rated among the quietest available.
Efficient Hot Water Distribution – The house is designed to minimize the length of hot water lines. The lines are also well insulated. This reduces energy wasted waiting on hot water at the faucet.
Water Heating – Tankless water heaters save energy by only heating water when needed and providing consistently hot water.
Energy Star Appliances – Using Energy Star appliances means the home consumes 10-50 per cent less energy and water than it would with standard models.
Energy Star Lighting Fixtures – By using Energy Star light fixtures, the house provides excellent lighting, while reducing the amount of electricity used. Compact fluorescent fixtures are used extensively to reduce lighting loads and limit the amount of heat added to the house by lighting.
Solar Power – The Green Home generates some of its own electricity with solar power. The house includes a photovoltaic (PV) system that provides about 10 per cent of its required power.
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