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Not Just Cosmetics, Quiet, Comfortable, Energy Efficient and Clean Air Make a Home a True Thing of Beauty!

September 4, 2013

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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!

Thanks,

Jason

Drive for Free

May 14, 2012

A few weeks back I touched on some of the hidden costs in our home (http://blog.greenhomesamerica.com/2012/04/12/fixes-for-hidden-costs-reveal-hidden-benefits/).  There is a tie between our houses and our cars and energy use.

Fixing up your home could even help you drive for free.  The Florida solar energy center created this great video:

The benefits of home performance improvements are clear and widespread.  You can be more comfortable, safer, and healthier and save money.   Money you can put elsewhere, such as towards the expense of driving with an electric vehicle.  What I think is important here is that this isn’t just for Florida.  Florida is of course a great place for solar power being the “Sunshine State”, but this isn’t really part of the formula for most homeowners.  Generating electricity can be done in many ways, and energy efficient homes are the key to being able to drive for free.


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