Efficient Wall Design: Building In Energy Savings

by Benjamin Roman •

A wall is one of the most deceptively complex elements of a home. A smart wall system utilizing efficiently designed and produced components will not only reduce energy consumption, it will make living in a home more pleasant. And it will be durable enough to help avoid the hassle of frequent or costly repairs. Read on to learn about some …

How Clean Is The Air You Are Breathing?

by Justin Thomas •

The website Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site will tell you how clean the air is in your zip code. You can enter your zip code below to test it out: Enter your zip code:    When the report appears, choose the “Air Quality Rankings: Health Risks, Exposure, and Emissions” link. The site also has suggestions about how you can help …


Compact Fluorescents (CFLs)

by Justin Thomas •

CFLs provide the same amount of light (lumens) as standard incandescent bulbs, but have lower wattage ratings. A standard incandescent light is very inefficient because much of the energy it uses is turned into heat instead of light. A compact fluorescent bulb turns more of its energy into light and less into heat. It uses 75 percent less energy than …