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Cherrie Brown, Real Estate Pro in Valencia, CA

Green is the new way to go. What are some ways you have gone green in your home?

Asked by Cherrie Brown, Valencia, CA Fri Jun 24, 2011

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With respect to the house itself, we have changed all of the light bulbs to energy efficient ones, are planning on getting solar panels, and have stopped buying the plastic water bottles (are using a reusable one instead). Also, with the birth of our baby boy, we started using cloth diapers to help reduce the number of diapers in the landfill.
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Great post....going green should be viewed as a new way of thinking and not an option. Simply stated, it's shouldn't be about rushing to change every appliance, light bulb, or HVAC system but to embrace the need to use "green technology" when the time is right for the consumer.

We recommend beginning with "baby steps".....most powers companies will do a FREE or very inexpensive energy consumption evaluation. This may be one of the best beginning points.

The ability of setting goals is a powerful tool that can assist people in accomplishing things that were previously inconcievable. A simple written 5 year plan with stated annual goals to serve as reminders may help keep people on track for "living smart!"


1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 25, 2011
Green is the best way to go, I have Energy Efficient Lighting Fixtures and Bulbs,
High Performance Windows and Doors
Seal Duck work
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 25, 2011
In new construction many builders are working towards making homes greener. Some of the ways this is achieved is through the Energy Star Program, LEEDS and the HBA green building program. I feel the energy star program has the best return on investment for the average homebuyer. The cost to transform a home into an energy star home is usually about 2 to 3% more of the total cost of the project. Usually the return on investment is less than 36 months.
R & S Builders builds homes within the current and future standards of Universal Design and Energy Star. Our commitment to providing affordable custom homes that comply with these certifications gives us the ability to provide you with huge cost-savings. These savings are implemented throughout the building process, from framing, insulating, duct work, and final finish. This allows you to see inexpensive utility costs and more comfort in your new home. R & S Builders hires a third party inspector to generate your new homes certification. We provide you with comfort and affordability in your new home. Here's a little explanation of the codes to adhere to these fine building practices.
R & S Builders complies with current and future Energy Star Certifications. We hire third party inspectors to achieve the highest standards in the home building business. The general consensus for Energy Star is it has saved money and energy for millions. Energy Star is stipulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. In home building, the EPA states for a home to be certified by Energy Star, it must be 15% more efficient than homes that were built to the 2004 International Residential Code. R & S Builders not only complies to those standards but exceeds them. We are always looking to find cost-savings for you and provide comfort as well. Below are a few of the examples, R & S Builders, institutes to achieve Energy Star status and save you money.
• Foamed and Sealed Framing
• Heavy insulation in the walls, floors, and ceilings
• High Performance Windows and Doors
• Seamed and Sealed Duct work
• High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Equipment
• Energy Efficient Lighting Fixtures and Bulbs
• With R & S Builders you can expect a remarkable savings from your typical utility cost. This is added value to you when you build that dream home.

Call R & S Builders to learn more about the benefits and features of Universal Design and Energy Star Certifications
Web Reference: http://www.randshomes.com
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