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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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5 Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

April 26, 2016 12:30 am

Did you know that the energy used by homes in the U.S. accounts for almost one-quarter of the country’s overall energy consumption? Or that the average household spends upwards of $2,200 a month on utilities?

Improving your home’s energy efficiency can be accomplished in several ways, ranging from inexpensive upgrades to out-of-bounds costly overhauls.

“From whole-home energy audits to simply swapping out a water-guzzling toilet, there are dozens of ways homeowners can make their homes more energy-efficient,” says Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of New Jersey-based Gold Medal Service. “Even a few small changes can have a big impact on energy consumption, helping the Earth and helping to lower energy bills at the same time.”

Agugliaro recommends homeowners start with these five upgrades:

1. Ceiling Fans – Installing ceiling fans in your home is a low-cost way to reduce energy consumption. On hot days, ceiling fans can cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent, and on colder days, they help circulate air, saving you up to 10 percent on heating costs.

2. LED Lights – Swap out incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED lights—you'll consume a whopping 75 percent less energy! LED lights also last up to 50 times longer than incandescent ones, and up to five times longer than fluorescent ones, saving you the expense of replacement.

3. Smart Thermostat – Programmable thermostats can instantly make your heating and cooling system more efficient. The latest models allow you to set temperatures for different times of day, so you aren't paying to heat or cool your home when no one is there.

4. Tankless Water Heater – Tankless water heaters—sometimes called “on-demand”—heat water as needed. ENERGY STAR® tankless water heaters can reduce your annual water costs by up to 30 percent. They last nearly 20 years—double the lifespan of a traditional hot water heater.

5. Whole-Home Energy System – The average home is hit with over 20 energy spikes each day. These can wreak havoc on your energy bills. Prevent them from occurring with a home energy management system with surge protection.

For those who want a hand improving the energy efficiency of their homes, an HVAC, plumbing and electrical professional can assess current energy usage and recommend ways to make the home more efficient.

Source: Gold Medal Service

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Earth Day: 10 Housing Facts

April 26, 2016 12:30 am

Earth Day began 46 years ago as a means to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Housing plays an important role in this mission, because many of our boots-on-the-ground green efforts happen in the home.

In honor of Earth Day, we’ve compiled these housing facts, relating to the environment and energy, from the Census Bureau. Enjoy!

1. 620,000 single-family homes were built in 2014.

2. The median size of the single-family homes built was 2,453 square feet.

3. 282,000 single-family homes built in 2014 had 4 or more bedrooms.

4. 64,000 single-family homes built in 2014 had 2 or fewer bedrooms.

5. Ninety-one percent of single-family homes built in 2014 had air conditioning.

6. The average sale price of a new single-family home sold in 2014 was $345,800.

7. 11,000 multifamily buildings were constructed in 2014.

8. 56,800,000—or 48.8 percent of—occupied housing units were primarily heated by utility gas in 2014.

9. 2,500,000—or 2.1 percent of—occupied housing units were primarily heated by wood in 2014.

10. 59,558—or less than 1 percent of—occupied housing units were primarily heated by solar energy in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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