As summer in Hawaii gets into full swing, families will find themselves closing their windows to turn on fans and/or air conditioners to escape the heat, driving up energy costs. Here are some ways to incorporate energy efficiencies into your own homes:
- Use a passive cooling design approach: Large eaves and a covered lanai provide ample natural cooling while clerestory windows vent out hot air, requiring no energy to keep the cool breezes flowing throughout your home.
- Choose Energy Star appliances: Not only do they reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, but they also help homeowners save on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features or comfort.
- Opt for low VOC paint: Paints low in volatile organic compounds (VOC) contain fewer atmosphere-polluting organic compounds.
- Direct light with LED bulbs: Compared to incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting, LED lights are more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting. LEDs are “directional” light sources, meaning they emit light in a specific direction, using light and energy more efficiently.
- Go “green” with Ecobatt Insulation: CAlthough brown in color, Ecobatt Insulation is a great green material. Its color comes from ECOSE Technology made from renewable organic materials, eliminating the need for petroleum-based chemicals. EcoBatt Insulation combines sand, post-consumer recycled bottle glass and ECOSE Technology to create sustainable insulation for the walls of your home.
- Insulate your roofing with TechShield: LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing can block up to 97% of the radiant heat in the roof panel from entering your home, reducing attic temperatures by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and it installs like conventional roof sheathing.
- Frame your home with green labeled lumber: When building a new home or adding an extension to your existing home, choose green labeled framing lumber, as it uses less wood and offers savings, while still providing a stable, structural base.
These innovative ideas are easy to implement and can be extremely beneficial in lowering energy costs. By integrating a few of these design tips, your home could be on its way to becoming LEED for Homes Platinum Certified, just like our