Energy Saving Solutions

by Lynn on September 28, 2016

Reducing your home’s energy consumption not only saves money, but it also increases the value of your home.

Installation of a metal roof with a remotely controlled mechanical venting space, solar powered fans to induce attic ventilation, and a properly sized roof overhang that shades exterior walls from hot summer sun can substantially reduce peak of summer air-conditioning requirements by keeping the roof, attic and walls cool with little energy drain. Working with your architect and landscape professional, you can incorporate existing natural features such as embankments, established trees, and boulders presently in place to serve as erosion control, provide shade and serve as a windbreak.

To promote energy conservation, the home should be orientated on its site to take advantage or bring abundant sunlight into the home’s interior reduce lighting requirements and to take advantage of prevailing breezes. Skylights, windows, light shelves and light monitors are used to bring daylight into dark interior spaces while outdoors the exterior is fitted with shading devices such as green screens, sunshades, canopies, and trees to block hot summer sun.

The use of dual glaze windows reduces heat loss during the cold days of winter and reduces heat gain during the dog days of summer.

Installing a lighter colored roof saves money by lowering rooftop temperatures of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, thus providing an HVAC annual energy use reduction by up to 15 percent. Known in the construction industry as “cool roofs” light-colored roofs reflect twice the amount of sunlight, as does a traditional dark-colored roof, keeping home rooftops substantially cooler.

Competitively priced Insulfoam HD Composite Roof Insulation is another strong competitor in the green roof insulation market. Offering strong R-values, sustainable qualities such as no formaldehyde or HCDC, and 100 percent recyclability and available in various densities, Insulfoam HD Composite Roof Insulation is a popular construction material suitable for new construction or refits.

Another popular roofing option for green building is Radiant Barrier OSB Roof Sheathing, designed to reflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s radiant heat and to prevent it being from being absorbed into the attic of the home; potentially lowering energy consumption. Although the summer heat is certainly an issue, the winters are cold, and the warm of the sun is valued. This type of roof is most popular in regions where the sun is fierce year-around.

Many green home building contractors employ alternative energy sources to cut back on utility bills through the use of natural power. There are innovative systems designed to directly generate electricity, usually through wind power or solar power. Geothermal and solar hot water systems can also be used to heat or pre-heat water for use in showers, sinks, laundry, or even to supplement heating and cooling.

Another new advance in technology incorporates passive solar collection with attractive ceramic solar collecting roof tiles. The tiles are installed the same way as conventional roofing tiles but provide a home with supplemental free electricity.

Incorporating passive solar design features capture the sun’s energy to keep the home interior warm and toasty while reducing energy costs. Thick interior concrete walls and floors crafted of plaster, brick or concrete soak up the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night when the sun goes down. Employing passive solar helps to stabilize temperature fluctuation and make room, or the entire house, more comfortable.

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Have you ever heard anyone complain about a house having too much storage space? Of course not. That’s impossible.

Storage space is one of the top features home buyers look for when it comes to shopping for houses. We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, whether it’s kids toys, expired boxes of Rice-A-Roni or, in my case, roughly one million DVDs.

It’s hard to part ways with the things we love (who knows when you might suddenly have the urge to watch The Last of the Mohicans). So, what’s the solution? Better home storage, of course.

In this article we’ll cover ten of the best hacks–big and small–that will help you improve your home storage and organization.

1. Storage seating

If you need extra seating in your home office or entry way, why not go with something that includes storage space? Storage benches are increasingly popular and can be a good place to put your gloves and scarves in the winter time.

2. Roll your clothes

The next time you do laundry, try rolling up your shirts and pants and stack the rolls vertically. It will help you fit a lot more in one drawer and you’ll be able to grab your favorites without digging through a pile of folded laundry.

3. Make dividers for your clothing drawers

Is your underwear drawer an amalgamation of every different type of sock and underwear? Use makeshift dividers (cardboard or plastic will do) inside your drawers to keep things grouped the way you want.

4. Flip down desk

Instead of taking up floor space for the desk that you use once a month, install a fold down desk onto your wall and store the chair in the closet. It will open up the floor of the room.

5. Vertical storage solutions

Look around the room you’re in. See all that empty air up near the ceiling? If you’re really pressed for space, try incorporating vertical storage solutions in your closets and bathroom.

6. Magnets

You’ve probably seen those cool magnetic knife holders on the Food Network and thought, “I need this in my life.” But I bet you’ve never thought about using one for your tweezers or toothbrush. Placing a magnetic strip in your bathroom cabinet will free up space and allow for easy access to all of your bathroom utensils. Plus you can finally rest assured that no one else’s toothbrush touched yours.

7. Bed storage

Some beds pop up to allow storage underneath. Others include built-in drawers under the mattress. If a new bed frame isn’t in your budget right now, opt for storage bins as slim as you need to fit things like extra blankets and off-season clothing under the bed.

8. Hanging up your bicycles

Whether it’s in your huge garage or in your tiny studio apartment, you’ve probably lamented the amount of space bicycles take up. Bike hangers allow you to store your bikes vertically taking up significantly less room.

9. Slide out pantry

Slide out pantries allow you to store a lot more and bring all your food within reach. That means you have no more excuses to be finding cans of tuna fish from five years ago.

10. Cord organizers

The best way to organize cords is to eliminate them. Wireless controllers, speakers and headphones are now all quite affordable. But for things like cell phone chargers, there are several gadgets you can buy to keep your cords separated and tucked out of sight.

 

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