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10 Steps to a Greener & More Energy-Efficient Home

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  • Street: Karama
  • City: Karama
  • State: Dubai
  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • Phone number: 0588094658
  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • State: Dubai
  • City: Karama
  • Street: Karama
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  • City: Karama
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It’s easy for today’s homes to be more energy-efficient than ever before. Here are 10 ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency.

1) Let the Light Shine In
Tap into the positive effects of the sun and bring natural daylight in through the doors and windows. A study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that natural lighting results in an average increase of 7.1 percent in productivity.

Take advantage of the free light source and save energy by opening the curtains. Better yet, since drapes absorb light and are difficult to keep clean, use lighter window coverings such as decorative blinds.

In summer, be sure to shade windows to protect against overheating and incurring higher energy bills with air conditioning.

2) Indoor Air Quality
People spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Surprisingly the Environmental Project AgencyPeople spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Surprisingly the Environmental Project Agency (EPA) found that indoor levels of pollutants might be two to five times higher, and occasionally more than 100 times higher, than outdoor levels.
Indoor plants are good for the air we breathe. Certain types of plants act as natural air filters that absorb airborne pollutants. Dr. Bill Wolverton, retired NASA environmental research scientist in Picayune, Miss., and author of How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office says, “Plants are the lungs of the earth. If we seal ourselves in buildings filled with chemical toxins, we need indoor plants to become the lungs for these buildings.”

Use air fresheners-dump them. Studies by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found air fresheners often contain phthalates, a group of chemicals with potential health risks.

When you buy cleaning products for the home, choose healthier ones made with plant and mineral-based ingredients. When painting, use natural paint. Second best, use low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, but these paints still contain some petroleum products. When remodeling, use low-toxic adhesives and plastic-free grout to install tile work in bathrooms and kitchens.

3) Energy Conserving Building Envelope
Take advantage of a home energy audit to tame those out-of-control high-energy bills. Even small leaks can reduce your home’s energy efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy says the potential energy savings from reducing drafts in the home range from 5 to 30 percent. When you stop the heat loss, you feel more comfortable and save money.

Replace your old furnace with a high-efficiency unit before it breaks down and unplug that nearly empty refrigerator in the basement or garage.

Got an attic, use expanding foam or caulk to seal the openings around plumbing, vent pipes, and electrical wires.

In an average home, 10 to 15 percent of the exterior wall area is made up of windows. If you live in a cold climate, you need more glass on the south side of the house for solar heat gain. For hot climates, it’s the east and west windows that raise the temperature.

LowE (low-emissivity) coatings used in conjunction with insulated glass have produced additional energy savings by holding the radiant heat in the house when it is cold outside. Gas filled cavities that include Argon and Krypton gases also promote further energy savings. To keep windows as tight as possible use caulks, foams and weather-stripping to keep out unwanted noise and drafts.
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4) Strong Indoor-Outdoor Connection
Doors and windows that present an unobstructed view to the outside work best by making it easier for the eye to create that indoor/outdoor connection.

“Individuals are healthier when they have a visual connection to the outside,” says Brian Dunbar, director of the Institute for the Built Environment, Fort Collins, CO.

Install sliding glass doors onto a patio to gain outdoor living space, as the more ‘view-glass’ the more it allows homeowners to connection with nature. Get your hands dirty! Gardens tie you to nature. Plant to attract wildlife. Have bird feeders hung in trees. Install a birdbath. Grow organic herbs and vegetables.

5) Lighting
Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) use up to 75 percent less energy than do incandescent bulbs and they last six to 10 times longer. Unlike energy-sucking bulbs, CFLs convert most of the energy used into light rather than heat. The Rocky Mountain Institute says one CFL saves homeowners $15 annually. Multiply that by the number of lamps/light fixtures in your home, and watch the savings mount.

Use solar light tubes or tubular skylights as a source of natural light. These tubes create a shaft of light from the exterior through the ceiling and are good for dark bathrooms, kitchens or corners that need lightening up.

Occupancy sensors are automatic switching devices that sense human occupancy and control the lighting system and are especially valuable in bathrooms. “Consider occu

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