Saturday, March 21, 2009

How to Futureproof Your House

Page-Gilbert House House in Austin, Texas in M...Image via Wikipedia

Energy prices are unpredictable, climate change is happening, and weather everywhere is more severe and erratic. According to GreenBuilding.com,
"Futureproofing is just another name for good green building. It is particularly important if you plan to stay in your house for many years to come. Our contemporary homes were designed with the assumption that energy would stay cheap. We know now that that assumption is costing a lot of money every month.
"Very few homes in the US are sufficiently insulated or draft proofed, which means there is tremendous opportunity for virtually every home in America to reduce their utility bills...many things can be done over a weekend for less than $1,000 dollars."
In a recently published article, GreenBuilding.com identifies seven areas where energy can be saved and costs reduced with relatively low-cost, weekend projects:
  1. Weatherstripping
  2. Caulking
  3. Attic Insulation
  4. Windows
  5. Water Heater
  6. Air Ducts
  7. Lighting
Please follow the link for more info. http://greenbuilding.com/ GreenBuilding.com also reminds us why we're doing this.

Benefits of Green Homes
  • More affordable month after month
  • They are healthier for your family
  • They are more comfortable
  • The materials are more durable
  • They require less maintenance
  • They have higher resale value (if you ever want to sell it!)
  • They provide peace of mind
  • And, by the way, they are much kinder on the environment
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