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#1 of 6 Old 05-07-2009, 09:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We just moved into a new home last weekend and I am doing my best to green the place. Our old home had wood floors, CFL lights, energy efficient appliances, well insulated, electric thermostat. I feel so over whelmed, where do I start. I have already changed over all of the light bulbs and we are looking for a newer energy efficient oven/stove.

This house was built in 1975 and has had many updates but it was an older gentelman that lived here and there was not a lot of green going on. Considering his son lives next store and owns a chemical cleaning company.

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The small stuff is a great place to start- I'd probably install a clothesline and rain barrel outside and do the thermometer inside.

Now that it is getting warm and sunny, take a look at how much sun you get. Then make sure that the sunniest windows have shades you can draw during the day to keep some heat out.

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Here are some ideas I had depending on budget:

- tankless water heater / high efficiency furnace(or boiler depending on system) : you can also get up to a $1500 tax credit for getting these items installed in your home. A tankless water heater install runs around $1800-2K, so you'll be getting most of your money back pretty quickly. {My hubby is the GM of a heating company and they do a lot with green and energy efficient technology.}

- electric thermostat - also cheap fix

- windows. Not cheap but so necessary. Check for grants in your area for hime improvements.

- Inuslation, also check for grants.

- Is there hardwood under the carpets (if there are carpets)? Sanders are available to rent at hardware stores for a decent price and there are tons of low-VOC finishes available now.

- If you hae duct work, you should get the ducts cleaned before the cold weather coomes back. It will clean out a lot (a TON!) of residue in your ducts and make your furnace more efficient.

- What about the shower heads & faucets? Are they the water saver kind? (I forget what they're called, the ones that aerate the water to lessen how much water you actually use.)

Thats all I can think of right now! Oh what about the insulated curtains to keep out super hot summer sun on some windows / would work in winter also to keep out drafts.


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If the goal is reduced cost of ownership, start with an energy audit. (assuming you are the owner) Many older homes have MANY opportunities to reduce energy usage - especially heating costs. The right insulation, in the right place, will do a world of good.

With older appliances, be sure to test the fridge with a kill-a-watt. Some older fridges have huge energy usage and payback could be super fast for an Energy Star fridge
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Thank you so much for all of the help.

Hubby is setting up the clothesline this weekend.

I really NEED my compost bin built. I had such a great one at our other house.

The ducts and furnace are only 5 years old

windows are new and efficient.

We just purchased a new stove and refridgerator, enerrgy star

we are off to a good start, we just had all of this already at our rental so I feel I am starting from scratch. But at least now we own this home.

Thanks again for all of your help.

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