Home Energy Savings From DIY Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Dear Home Owner,
Energy efficient home improvements could be one of the best do-it-yourself projects you can do for you home right now. Let’s face it though, energy efficient home improvements can be tough if you don’t know what you’re doing!
There’s no doubt, it’s probably the most difficult lesson for any home owner to learn. Frankly, “do-it-yourself” projects are the only subject you don’t want to try and fake.
It’s often assumed that energy-efficient light bulbs only come in one color: bleach white. This is not the case! New CFLs, efficient halogen incandescents and LEDs offer a variety of color temperatures to suit your lighting preferences.
Whether you want a warm glow for your bedside lamp or an over
head light to keep you awake at the office, you have a variety of new and efficient lighting options.
How to Choose the Right Color
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Green Housing Worldwide Is Catching On!
You wouldn’t expect to find ‘green’ housing sprouting up in the hustle and bustle of such places as Mumbai or Kolkata India, but green construction is one of the driving forces behind economic development in such countries.
“With green buildings, real-estate professionals are helping to improve the quality of urban life in Indian cities” says Sachin Sandhir of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
At a time when the real-estate sector is passing through a trough, the concept of green buildings is catching on among developers and buyers. This is because of two factors: growing environment consciousness, and lower cost of operation of these buildings. If you’re going to build new construction, it only makes sense to build green.
New York City Paves The Way for Energy Efficient Home Improvements
New York City plans to mak older buildings more energy efficient.
Elected leaders in New York City will propose a suite of laws and other initiatives on Wednesday aimed at reducing energy consumption and related emissions of greenhouse gases by requiring owners of thousands of older buildings to upgrade everything from boilers to light bulbs in order to make their homes more energy efficient.
City officials estimated that it would save property owners roughly $750 million a year in energy costs, city officials said. The program would begin in 2013, with 2,200 buildings performing energy audits and beginning upgrades each year for a decade. To limit political hurdles, improvements to a building would be mandatory only if the energy audits showed that the costs of the improvements could be recouped through declines in energy bills within five years.
Could energy efficient home improvements not only save on energy costs, but also lower your mortgage rate?
Shaun Donovan, secretary of Housing and Urban Development — thinks consumers deserve more information on the energy efficiency of the houses they buy, both resale and newly built. And he thinks mortgages should come with lower rates or better terms to encourage purchases and retrofits that save energy.
There’s no doub that energy efficient homes add value in today’s real estate market. “Ultimately, if your energy bills are going to be lower, there ought to be some [mortgage] benefits to that” says Donovan. “If in the long run there’s a cost of $5,000 to upgrade a house that will produce $10,000 in savings over time for utilities, the perfect tool to realize those savings is a mortgage,” he said.
Is green the best color for an office building? In Indiana, they may be.
A bill that would mandate green design and construction of state-owned buildings like schools and government centers is making its way
through the Legislature, taking the concept further than it has ever gone with Indiana lawmakers. House Bill 1620 would require new construction and renovation of existing state buildings, state universities, cities and towns to use environmentally green standards, beginning July 1.
This will be just the beginning of the green building and retrofitting movement sweeping the nation.
At the Greenprints Conference here in Atlanta a few weeks ago, we talked about how the Department of Energy will be marketing, teaching, and providing tax incentives for energy efficient home improvements. It’s not a matter of if you need to improve your home’s energy efficiency, but when you’re going to get started.
The Green Building Initiative® (GBI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to work together to promote the design and construction of energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings.
The agreement was recently signed by the GBI’s President, Ward Hubbell and the AIA’s EVP/CEO, Christine McEntee.
Department of Energy Maps Efficiency Money
You want money for energy efficient home improvement projects by don’t know where to get it.
On Thursday, the Department of Energy released a handy map that shows how much stimulus money every city in the country is eligible to
receive for energy efficiency. The release of funds last week totals $2.6 billion.
Further details of the program, called the “energy efficiency and conservation block grant program,” are available at the Department of
Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site.
For big cities, the numbers are enormous. Houston stands to receive $22.8 million. Boston will get $6.5 million — which is over $1 million
more than it had expected, according to Nick Martin, a spokesman for the Boston mayor’s office. He said that the city was aiming to use
the money to help residents make their homes more energy-efficient, to retrofit municipal buildings and thus save energy and to train
people for green-collar jobs.
Cities have never received stimulus money directly from the federal government before. The block grants were approved by Congress in 2007,
but no money was allocated — until now. States also are due to receive separate money for their state energy offices, and also for a weatherization program to aid low-income families.
Over all, the efficiency money in the stimulus “does appear to be the largest single funding for energy efficiency in
the history of humanity” , said Mr. Seth Kaplan, vice-president of the Conservation Law Foundation.
As our nation takes a giant step forward in ‘greening’ America, homeowners have been givne tremendous opportunities to make significant energy efficient home improvements.