Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is a cost effective and easy way to reduce greenhouse gases.
If just one-quarter of the single-family homes in the United States reduced their energy use by 20%, it would prevent 48 million tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent of removing 10 Million cars from the road.
Where to start? Anything that makes your electricity, heat or AC go on unnecessarily costs money and increases CO2.
• Get your home tested for air leaks
• Consider high performance insulation and windows
• Get efficient lighting, appliances and mechanical systems
• Increase day lighting with windows and solar tubes
• Optimize natural ventilation
• Change light bulbs from incandescent to compact fluorescents
No more money down the drain – save 10,000 gallons a year
• Replace old toilets with clean low-flow models
• Modern showerheads deliver customized streams with less water
• Efficient use of construction materials to minimize waste
• Materials with recycled content
• Rapidly renewable materials
• Solar panels and solar water heating
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• Paints and finishes with Low- VOC or zero VOC
• Re-upholster family favorite furnishings instead of buying new
• Use formaldehyde- free plywood and particleboard in building
• Humidity control
• Create a Family Garden of edibles in pots on the patio or in your yard
You don’t have to do everything, just do the things that make sense for your home. Going green is a process, start with one change, plan for the next change and talk it up with friends and family. It can be fun, easy and you know your grandchildren’s grandchildren with be happier and healthier for your efforts!
You can move one step at a time, and save money with each action!
Suzi is a San Diego based Interior Designer who is increasingly moving her practice towards “green values and lifestyle”. She is an Allied Member of ASID and an active volunteer with the USGBC and National Charity League. Suzi lives with her husband in Point Loma/Ocean Beach and works on a beautiful healthy planet for everyone’s kids.
Brought to you by Suzi O’Brien at Moxie Design & EcoLux Interiors
phone: 619 964-7716