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Green Gab Podcast | Zip the Coat for Your Home - Energy Efficiency Basics

Dec. 9, 2016 | by Marla Esser

Conversations about green homes often start with energy efficiency and it is a large part of the whole package.  A basic understanding of the energy efficient practices and features in a home and the anatomy of a typical green home provides a starting place for understanding the terminology used when building an energy efficient home.  It will also give you a roadmap for maximizing the energy efficiency of your own home.  

The anatomy of a home starts with the “skin” or the walls, roof and foundation.  Here is where the basic science of air movement really plays a part.  We just have to remember that air will always go from hot to cold areas, as well as wet to dry, and plan accordingly.  Of course, the “plan accordingly” piece is where the details really matter and air sealing and insulating is a key part of this. Without air-sealing, you will not be able to take complete advantage of your insulation. “Like wearing a down coat with the zipper open”.

Get in on the Gab to get the basics on energy efficiency for your home.

Every week on iTunes andThe Green Gab Podcast, get the gab with us as we share what we’ve done, as well as tips for greening up your home, your job, your family and your life!  Get in on the gab for why green matters – to you, your family and friends and your community. 

For more information about the show, Marla atmarla@thegreenhomecoach.comor Tony attpratte@thesoundroom.com. I’d love to speak at your next event – for ideas check out myspeaking information.  Thank you and have a great day.

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Marla Esser / Marla works with home builders, architects and homeowners to differentiate their homes with the value and benefits of green or high performance. From her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes to her work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, she has learned about linkages between homes, people and businesses. Marla offers a unique perspective of these connections and linkages especially between home building, women in business and homes, as well as entrepreneurial/small business groups. People work with her for this unique perspective to help voice the value and benefits of homes, especially connecting with women in the equation, to sell or invest better and at higher value.
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