Green Building

Energy-efficient upgrades to include in a residential structure

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:08

Homeowners seeking to reduce their utility expenses or reduce the carbon footprint associated with their house may want to consider including a number of modern technologies into their properties' design. Researchers and various experts have combined efforts to advance the efficiency of many home applications.

Work from the ground up by installing radiant floor heating in a home. The green-energy solution was invented in 1992 by architect Terry Alsberg. Since its creation, radiant floor heating has since become a favorite in homes across the world. An installation of radiant floor heating system provided by Warmboard can go under various materials, including wood, tile and natural stone.

A radiant floor heating system can monitor and ensure that the temperature of a home stays consistent for maximum comfort.

Look to the ceiling for the next possible green-energy solution that can reduce a homeowner's utility expenses. Installing light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs can drastically limit an electricity bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy installing ENERGY STAR-rated LED bulbs can save a homeowner a significant amount of money each month. A LED bulb uses 75 percent less energy to run than traditional lighting solutions like incandescent bulbs. In addition, the green energy technology lasts 35 to 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent bulbs. The extensive lifespan of the units will result in longer periods of time between switching lights - a boon for property owners who have raised or vaulted ceilings.

By incorporating the use of these two energy-efficient technologies, a homeowner can reduce heating and electrical utility costs and reduce the environmental impact of a property.