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What more can you do for an energy-efficient and environment-friendly home?

By JR Girskis

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Green is growing and the construction business is not missing out on the move. Building homes that promote resource conservation and better health for families is a growing concern for home improvers. The voluntary Energy Star guidelines have helped the industry strive for energy-efficient appliances, windows and doors, but there is more you can do to make your home more earth-friendly. There are quite a few ways that you can join this green movement.

Choosing Energy-Efficient Exterior Doors

Nearly all of a home’s energy is lost through exterior doors and windows, resulting in higher utility bills and not to mention discomfort for you and you family. To maximize the energy efficiency of your doors and windows make sure you:

  • Invest in well-insulated windows­-
 A window with a Low-E coating between the panes will reduce your Solar Heat Gain Coefficient without blocking sunlight as well as increasing energy efficiency. You may also want a window with argon or krypton between the panes to increase that efficiency even more.

  • Choose quality materials­-
vinyl, fiberglass or vinyl-clad wood windows and doors will offer far superior insulation than aluminum or old, warped wood.

  • Replace old windows and patio doors­-
over the years, a wooden window or door exposed to the elements will begin to warp and crack. Ill-fitting windows and doors are prime areas for heat and cold enter or escape.

Increase natural light, Reduce light pollution

Carefully placing windows or installing skylights can help light your home naturally during the day, therefore reducing the need for lights. Conversely, be sure to install blinds on all of your windows to keep light from polluting the night sky and obscuring the stars.

Use Sustainable Materials

When building a home or planning improvements, be sure to choose materials from sustainable and renewable resources. Evaluate the amount of recycled content in the materials you use and choose material that is above 20% post-consumer or post-industrial.
When selecting wood, choose certified wood from a well-known association such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

Seek Out Local Guidelines

Before you build, check to see if there are any local green building programs in your area. Many communities have a set of voluntary guidelines that will help you build an energy-efficient, greener home. Also, be sure to look into LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED is a national organization that helps define green building standards much the same was Energy Star governs energy in windows, doors and appliances.

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