Energy Conservation
There are many ways to conserve energy during a remodel or build project. The grand goal is to get as close to "zero energy" as you can. In other words, having a home that is designed to use zero net energy from the utility grid. With each project we review the options available to get you to maximize energy conservation. Below are samples of some of those product options.
Insulation: Remodeling is the best chance you'll ever have to make your house more comfortable by improving your insulation. You'll save energy and money, and minimize noise from outside. There are many types of insulation and some that are much better for the environment and your internal environment. (Some examples are sprayed in place foam, recycled denim insulation, bio–based insulation and cellulose insulation.)
Windows: When reviewing the impact your windows have on energy conservation, there are many things to consider such as the sash, the glazing, the frame and the orientation of the windows. Buying the right window and having them properly installed not only conserves energy but decrease heating bills! Some green windows tips:
• Plan to buy windows with the lowest "U–value". U–value is the measure of flow of heat through a material, given a difference in temperature on either side.
• Wood windows conduct the least amount of heat/cold through the frames.
• Install: Double–paned windows with argon gas
• Low–E windows (they prevent heat from escaping through the glass in winter by reflecting it back in' another type of low–E coating blocks heat from entering the home during summer by reflecting sunlight out of the structure.
• Glazings tuned to orientation (minimize unwanted heat gain and maximize wanted heat gain)
Energy Conservation
Interior Design
Water Conservation
Energy Sources
"First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe... Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it! It only serves to turn a few mills, blow a few vessels across the ocean, and a few trivial ends besides. What a poor compliment do we pay to our indefatigable and energetic servant!"
– Henry David Thoreau Paradise (To Be) Regained" [1843]
Installing ceiling insulation and double – glazed windows in every US home can save more oil than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge can produce at its most optimistic projections, at about 1/20 the cost.