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Green Living

As part of our consulting services, the team from Energy Compliance Services will guide you through the process of renovating your existing home or building your new home. We work with you to recognize your plan of action, identify your personal style, and suggest sustainable solutions for your home. Our goal is to equip you with important resources and information to live in an efficient, healthy, comfortable, and environmentally friendly home.

GreenPoint Rated

Before you start making your home more environmentally friendly, use the GreenPoint Rated system to get an energy baseline. Your design will then be awarded points for additional energy efficiency which can be used on your Title 24 report.

Green Initiatives

•  Insulate with R-19 or R-30 in Ceilings, R-13 in Walls, & R-19 in Floors
•  Install Double-Pane, Low-E Windows to Keep Cool the Summer & Warm in the Winter
•  Check Existing Windows for Any Leakages That Waste Energy & Heat
•  Use Natural Lighting Such as Skylights or Solar Tubes
•  Install Compact Fluorescent Lighting Which Uses 1/3 the Electricity of Normal Bulbs & Lasts up to 10 Times Longer
•  Decorate with Sustainable Furniture Made of Recycled Wood 

•  Install Flooring Made of Renewable Material Such as Bamboo or Cork
•  Install an Efficient HVAC System with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Rating of 92% or Better
•  Make Sure Ducts Are Properly Sealed & Insulated on Existing HVAC Systems
•  Install Ceiling Fans to Circulate Air & Save Energy on Heating & Air Conditioning
•  Use Efficient Irrigation, Such as Drip Irrigation, Where Possible
•  Compost Your Yard Waste by Recycling Clippings through Your City or Purchasing a Composter

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

Keep your home fresh without resorting to heavy, harmful chemicals. You can find a wide array of non-toxic and organic soaps and cleaners that really work. Plus, they smell far better and do not cause any harm to the environment or your family.

Low VOC Paints

Paints and finishes release low-level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint. New environmental regulations and consumer demand have prompted most manufactures to develop and sell more than one type of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes. These new paints are durable, cost-effective, and less harmful to human and environmental health.

Tankless Water Heater

Traditional water heaters keep a full tank of water warm all day and all night, wasting energy. Your tankless heater will only heat water while you need it, so you do not have to pay a premium for those 15 minutes of hot water you use. It may be a big upfront investment, but you will recover the money in energy savings over five to seven years depending on how much hot water you use.

Water-Efficient Toilets

On average, toilets are the single largest use of water inside of a house. Older models can use up to five times as much water as state-of-the-art versions, driving up your monthly water bill. Cut back by installing a low-flush or dual-flush toilet.

Solar Energy

The most obvious payoff for solar energy is in conventional power conservation. Solar reduces the need to burn fossil fuels in order to generate electricity, resulting in less air pollution and helping offset global warming. A whole-house system can have an expensive up-front cost; however, many states and cities provide attractive financial incentives.

Active and passive solar are the two approaches and are characterized by the way they capture, convert, and distribute sunlight. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, and electrical or mechanical equipment to convert sunlight into useful outputs. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building toward the sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate.