Windows will always add to the expense of operating a home. This is something to be aware of when trying to be as Swamp Yankee Green as possible. Even the most energy efficient windows made are a total heat sieve.
It's a catch-22 for those of us who live in climates that experience hot summers- as temperatures rise, we crank up our air conditioners, only later to feel the pain of enlarged electric bills. As a nation, we spend more than $15 billion each year on air conditioning.
Air-tightness and healthy homes should go hand-in-hand, however, certain old habits often get in the way. People need fresh air, but we don't want that air to be filtered through every crack and fungus-filled crevice in our home.
Visualize your dream home complete with a new roof, windows and siding by using The Designed Exterior online tool from Ply Gem.
Use passive solar design to reduce your home's energy usage and make your home more energy efficient.
ProudGreenHome Editor Teena Hammond interviews Dow Building Solutions Marketing Manager Lee Heronema about the company's newest green products at the NAHB International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.
Award-winning architect Duo Dickinson shares his thoughts on greenwashing, the cynical manipulation of the desire to use environmentally correct products.
Ways to be more energy efficient at home: Reduce the home's infiltration rate: Depending on your climate zone it might be possible that 50 percent of your utility bill goes into paying for heating or cooling your home. The most effective way to get most "bang for your buck" is to reduce the amount of air leakage in your homes.
One of the stories I am publishing this week is on the importance of a clean building site. I asked several of the experts who blog for ProudGreenHome to share their thoughts on the subject.
Deciding whether to remodel or rebuild is a key point in making an older home more energy efficient.
Use the winter months to work on big and small home improvement projects.
Remodeling a 1968 Florida home resulted in substantial savings for this homeowner.
Flynner Building Company conducted a blower door test to measure air changes per hour (ACH) on its most recent certified green home and achieved 2.3 ACH, which is 67 percent better than code. Building code is 7 ACH. A blower door is a piece of equipment primarily used to measure the air tightness of small to medium size buildings.
Prepare for winter with tips to save money on energy bills.
Improving the performance of our existing housing stock is one of the most important initiatives we can take to create major changes in the amount of energy America's homes are consuming today. For so many of us, improving the energy...
With rising energy costs, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient. Net zero is the ideal, with a home producing as much energy as it uses.
Electrochromic glass is a high-tech, energy-efficient alternative to blinds and shutters.
There are about 100 net zero homes in the United States. Flynner Building Company built Idaho's first net zero home and will start two more homes this month. To achieve net zero the home will produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of each year.
Prepare your home for winter, now. These tips will help homeowners know what to do before the arrival of cold weather. Water is the number one destroyer of homes.
Passive survivability means that a home is still livable even during extreme conditions, such as a power outage.