Demonstration home before and after
GreenHomes America partner, ASI Hastings, demonstration home had a number of improvements to help show homeowners how their homes could improve and how they could save in the process. But cosmetics are the type of improvement we think of when we talk about home improvement. Make it look good, new coat of paint, maybe a new countertop.
There’s much more that can be done and this demonstration home improvement list included: peace and quiet, comfort, and indoor air quality in addition to energy savings. There’s savings to be had outside too.
The team at ASI Hastings teamed up with Padre Dam, the local water district; they planted a less water intensive yard around the home. The front yard is referred to as xeriscape. Reducing water usage makes sense here! More money is spent pumping water in the state of California than for any other electrical usage.
They also installed a lighter color garage door, which reduced some of the solar gain on that space. That keeps equipment in the garage cooler and the house as well since the garage buffers part of home from the heat outside.
There’s no avoiding sunshine in San Diego, and it was put to good use in the as well adding panels to the roof, that’s not cosmetics, that’s great savings! We will cover solar, but more importantly what was done before it was even considered, in the coming weeks!