Bobby Ferrel, founder of Green Horizon oversees The Green Home blog. Ferrel is co-founder of Green Horizon, with offices in the Triangle and Charlotte, offering home owners and builders a one-stop shop for energy efficiency and green building.
Services include home performance assessments, weatherization, closed crawl spaces, all types of insulation, HVAC and geothermal installation and maintenance.
Reach Bobby directly at email@example.com or visit him online at www.greenhorizon.com
Summertime means hotter temperatures and the urge to run the air conditioner non-stop. Yet over-air conditioning your home not only wastes energy, it reduces the lifetime of an expensive household appliance and drives up electricity bills through the summer.
Historic windows are often a "pain" in the pocketbook because they're literally a pane; a single pane of glass is all that protects homeowners from the weather outside, be it hot summer sun or cold winter nights.
With so many allergy causing particles in the air outside, allergy sufferers often retreat indoors, not realizing that their home can exacerbate instead of alleviate the runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.
When it comes to looking for power drains around the house, the best thing to do is to consider age. Old appliances, especially the large ones, don't run nearly as efficiently as newer ones.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a modern application of an ancient principle. Anthropologists speculate that one of the reasons that our prehistoric ancestors lived in caves was simply that ground-based dwellings were far more temperate than above ground homes.
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