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

Dec. 9, 2016 | by Marla Esser Cloos

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 Cloos / Marla inspires and educates about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. Her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes, HomeNav.com, and work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, provides her a unique perspective to help people realize the true values of green homes as safer, healthier and more comfortable homes. Marla founded and co-hosts the Green Gab Podcast, on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network and GreenHomeCoach.com. She blogs on Green Home Coach and Proud Green Home. Her articles have appeared in Green Home Builder, Building Women and The Healthy Planet and she is the author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home from NAHB Builder Books.
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