Coastal Virginia Mag’s Melissa M. Stewart encourages residents in the area to Live Green. “If you’re committed to living green in your home—composting, conserving water and energy, planting native species in the backyard—it’s time to take your dedication to ensuring a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay one step further by signing up to become a Bay Star Home.
So far more than 1,000 Coastal Virginians have joined the live green program. Options to fit every type of resident—homeowners, renters, apartment dwellers and those living in the suburbs or on rural farms—prove it is easy being green and committing to a cleaner, healthier Bay.
What does it mean to live green
As the housing industry has improved, buyers are no longer just looking at depressed prices as a motivator to buy. Now buyers are looking at green features to help their buying decisions
- The use the use of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation is increasing in both new and existing homes. In one study this form of insulation produced energy savings of 16% to 22%.
- Energy efficient windows
- New doors
- Solar panels
- Newer, high-efficiency
- Energy-Star appliances.
- Heated Floors
- Geothermal heating system if you’re building a new home.
- Tankless Water Heater.
One of the best resources to learn more about energy efficiency for older and new homes is Energy Star. Their website has an assortment of articles. Here’s a sample:
- I want help with improving my home’s comfort and efficiency
- How can I heat and cool my home efficiently?
- How can I stop drafts?
- I’d like to know about power management for my computer.
- How do I choose the right lighting for my home?
- I’m upgrading my kitchen appliances. What should I know?
Improvements you can afford for your home:
There are some simple and inexpensive things you can do to save energy and live green.
- A homeowner’s best friend. Seal up a leaky house to save on energy costs.
- Install a programmable
- Add low flush toilets.
- Install efficient shower heads.
- Replace light bulbs with efficient light bulbs.
- Add a timer for lights.
- Add energy efficient power strip.
- Use your smartphone apps for remote access. Control the thermostat or close the drapes from your smartphone.
- Use a clothesline, if your HOA allows.
“Savvy investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value, amounting to about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, says new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation.
In addition to saving about 30 percent of the United States’ entire energy spend during the course of a year, completion of the energy efficiency retrofits could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 10 percent and create 3.3 million job years — which means the projects could create an estimated 3.3 million cumulative years of employment — the study said.
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