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Quality green materials for a residential home

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 22:00

Residential property owners looking to go green in 2013 have a lot of options. After all, sustainability as a whole has grown in importance for many residential and commercial property owners as the health and fiscal benefits get expressed by major media publications and research groups. However, that very same popularity may be making it difficult for a homeowner to decide what technologies or materials to install in his or her house. 
Here's a list of three green technologies that can have a drastic impact on a residential property's sustainability:
1) Light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs. According to ENERGY STAR, LED lighting is already surpassing the quality and efficiency of most traditional lighting sources like incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. The units also last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent bulbs. A homeowner can drastically reduce his or her electricity utility bill by installing LED lighting in the home and go longer periods between switching out the bulbs without decreasing light quality.
2) Radiant floor heating. A warm, comfortable home is the desire of most homeowners. However, it can sometimes cost a bundle to properly fill a space with hot air. By investing in a radiant floor heating system one can reduce the energy required to fill a home with warm air. The eco-friendly solution requires less energy to run and can keep a home more effectively at a set temperature, which allows a homeowner to reduce the thermostat settings. 
3) High R-value insulation. Save money by keeping warm and cool air inside. A homeowner who spends precious earnings on heating or cooling his or her home isn't going to want to have that energy fly out the door, but without high R-value insulation a person might as well leave the door open. Poor insulation levels can allow energy to escape, which strains a heating system and requires a utility system to use more energy to keep a home at a set temperature.