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More Green Buildings

Interest in vertical gardening is growing fast, and no wonder, who can resist these lovely green buildings, especially the ones with salad makings growing on the walls!

Green Building Meets Historic Renovation

The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency partnered with a team of respected companies and a nationally acclaimed architect to design and implement a “green” renovation on one of the City of Gainesville’s oldest, most cherished buildings – the historic Gainesville Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Famed architect Bert Bender of Bender and […]

Green Home Building Boom

Green Building with Eco-Friendly Architectural Salvage Yards

More and more, homeowners as well as commercial builders are realizing that there is a virtual treasure trove of building materials already at hand, and using some creativity along with a generous amount of flexibility, one can create masterpieces with reclaimed materials. Gone are the days when only bargain-hunters are on the lookout for recycled […]

Green Building

Many floor covering products contribute points toward a LEED green building certification. Here are a few of the points you can look up under the standard for more information: MR 4.1 – post-consumer plus ½ pre-consumer for 10% or 20% of cost of project materials receives 1 or 2 points MR 5.1 or 5.2 – […]

Save Money & Enjoy Your Home More

Here’s the US Green Building Council Heart of Florida Board of Directors meeting at Goodwin Heart Pine to plan how to better serve our homeowners. Some of us are also energy auditors for the local Community Weatherization Coalition. We decided to go to the Women’s Club and Rotary to share tips for saving money on your energy bill. Here are a few places to start. Every home is different, so you may want to browse www.energysavers.gov/your_home to get many more ideas.
· Sealing a home’s exterior can save 10-25% of heating costs. You’ll want to focus on the common places for leaks and various types of caulks, weather-stripping and foam gaskets for exterior wall electrical outlets and light switch plates.
· A shaded outdoor Central AC condenser unit can save up to 10% on cooling, but make sure airflow is not restricted. Clean out leaf debris taking care of the coils and keep the large line well insulated.
· Each degree adjustment on your thermostat can save up to 4% on your energy bill. Preferred settings are 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer time and 68 in Winter. Ceiling fans on when you are in a room will make the temperature feel more comfortable.
· Refrigerators use more energy than any other appliance. Clean the coils at least two times a year under the unit to save energy and keep the unit working well longterm. A long brush from the home supply store makes this easy.
· Adjust the hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or Medium and drain the unit once a year to avoid sediment buildup.
We are planning newsletters quarterly so we can share more of the details on these and other home operation tips. Best regards for saving and enjoying your home even more.