Posts Tagged ‘homes’

Back to School, Back to Learn

August 14, 2014

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As summer winds down, the school year is right around the corner.  With that of course comes back to school shopping for supplies and new clothes as well as the anxiety of starting a new school year.  Here are some tips to pass along to your student to help them excel in the classroom.

  • Eat breakfast. It’s true, when you’ve eaten a good breakfast you are more alert and perform better in class.
  • Put the phone down and sleep.  Teens need at least 8.5 hours of sleep to feel rested.
  • Use your study hall. Doing more work during the school day while not in class can reduce the work you will have to do at home.  You’ll be more focused, too.
  • Make friends. Join school clubs or teams and get to know people.

I’ll end with our favorite tip to give students before the school year.   “When you know better, you do better.” This quote is by Maya Angelou.  It’s true, as we continue to learn, we continue to improve.  Education doesn’t stop after high school or even college, it continues into the workforce and into your life.  At GreenHomes we are constantly in the classroom learning more about homes and how they work.  We are keeping up with the latest building codes, tools, products, and services so that we can do better.

We continue to learn and for good reason, the more we know the better we can serve you.

Share this post and encourage someone to keep learning.  Best of luck this school year and thanks for stopping by!

-April

America, it’s Who We Are

July 3, 2014

Extended family enjoying at home with their pets.

America isn’t just in our name; it’s who we are and where we work. Here at GreenHomes America, we spend a lot of our time serving homeowners all across America.  We are privileged to meet a lot of different people in different regions.  This Friday as we celebrate Independence Day and our freedom, we want to celebrate each of you, the people who make up this great nation.

Thank you for inviting us into your home.  We are honored to help and serve you and your families.

We wish you and yours a safe and happy 4th of July!

-GreenHomes America

 

17% of Homes built in 2008 met ENERGY STAR criteria

December 5, 2009

II mentioned earlier that ENERGY STAR had passed the million home mark. I was reminded in Friday’s USA Today that 17% of homes built in 2008 qualified. This is a big step in the right direction. As Maria Vargas of the U.S. EPA says in the article, “They are better homes,” with more efficient windows, lighting, appliances, insulation, heating and cooling. All elements that can be improved in existing homes, too!  (Don’t just guess, though.  Start with a comprehensive energy audit.)

Thanks,
Mike

Congratulations to ENERGY STAR Homes

November 24, 2009

ENERGY STAR HomesEarlier this month, EPA announced that its Energy Star program passed a major milestone with 1 Million Energy Star Homes having been built in the United States.  Good stuff–with families saving energy, money, and being more comfortable.

This type of performance isn’t limited to new homes, however.  With a comprehensive approach, existing homes can be retrofited to perform better than many newly constructed homes–even exceeding the Energy Star standards!

Thanks,
Mike

Green Collar Jobs

November 3, 2008

At a meeting in Pittsburgh recently, we talked a lot of green collar jobs.  This has been a subject of discussion from Business Week to the New York Times to politicians of all stripes over the past several months.
 
And it makes great sense for this country and for individuals.  Rather than send our money directly overseas to oil and gas producers—and then watch the product burn and fly out our chimneys, we can improve our homes, create jobs, help the economy, and help our own pocket books.  While the arena of green collar jobs is broader than just homes—and includes windmills, large-scale solar and geothermal, and even transportation—let me use home improvement as an example.
 
The individual economics are clear.  If someone is spending $2,000 per year to heat their home with gas or oil (maybe more than that this year!), and we can save them $1,000 per year (or more if prices continue to rise—which they will in the long run) with a $5,000 project, then in 5 years, they’ll have recovered the cost of the project and be saving a lot of money every single year.  Actually, with good financing, you can in many cases have payments less than the savings so you have extra cash throughout the loan period, too.  Of course, you also get a more comfortable house and protection against rising energy prices.
 
How does this create green jobs?  Well, someone has to install that insulation or furnace.  And if they do it properly—the only way you’ll actually get the savings you deserve, it takes more time.  Multiply this by tens of thousands of homes in your area or millions of homes nationally, and it’s clear we need a lot more people out there doing the work.  It’s not just installations technicians—we’ll need to support them with office staff, they’ll need tools and equipment and materials, most of which means more manufacturing here in this country.  These installation and related positions cannot be shipped overseas.  The work needs to been done onsite in more than 100 million homes in this country.
 
And there’s a multiplier effect.  Think what happens when someone has a local job.  They buy groceries and clothes and visit the dentist and picnic at the lake and do a lot of other things that boost the local economy.  $50,000 spent weatherizing a group of homes stays in the community are gets spent again and again.  Compare that with $50,000 spent on oil which disappears instantly.
 
Green collar jobs is just another reason why energy-efficiency makes sense for you in your home—and for you in your community.


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