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Custom Home Builders VA:What can I do to increase the energy efficiency of my current home?
Most advisers agree that energy prices are going to continue to go up. If you look at the possibility of further devaluation of the dollar combined with the possibility of draconian energy legislation, the opportunity of extraordinary escalation of energy prices exists.
Many Americans are living in homes larger than they need. Homes that were built for size rather than quality.
In my opinion, getting prepared for high energy costs is a critical component of any preparedness strategy.
First do all the conventional things to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
Add insulation, upgrade windows and doors (while you are doing this it is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your security), change light bulbs, upgrade appliances, install water heater blankets. If the plumbing pipes have relatively short runs it is very likely that a propane fired tank-less water heater would make sense.
Secondly, consider your heating system. This is an intensive area of energy for many homes.
We recommend wood-fired outdoor boilers where feasible. These units circulate hot water and can be used for many heating applications including home heat, domestic hot water, greenhouse radiant heat and swimming pools, to name a few.
If you have a heat pump, a propane furnace installed with the heat pump is a very good combination. This allows for an energy efficient propane furnace to do the heating when the heat pump is out of its operating range. While there are very efficient and comfortable heat pumps, the back-up heating strips on heat pumps are very energy intensive. Propane is still primarily produced in the United States.
Also, we have had very good experiences with geo-thermal. While it is still electric based, it provides an excellent source of heating in mild climates and is incredibly energy efficient.
We always recommend some alternate options in heating, so there is some source of heat in the event of grid failures. For example, if you have a geo-thermal heating system, install a wood stove as the back-up.
There are a number of structural changes or modifications which could result in much greater energy efficiency. These would include adding a vestibule or windbreak if you have children or go in and out of the house a good bit. You might be able to earth berm part of the north side of your house, or add a solar room to the south side of the home, just to name a few possibilities.
Planning for a new house can be a very exciting and fun experience for many new homeowners. The idea of finally having your own house can keep you real awake most of the nights. Whats good about building a new house is that you can have everything done based on your own specifications and personal style. Most house builders are very versatile and are particularly keen on giving in to the wishes of their clients; they are ready to experiment based on the desires of their clients and they can custom-build a house from the ground up.
If you are looking forward to have a house thats low in maintenance and energy efficient, you should discuss these with your chosen construction company. These features can be easily integrated in your house by reputable new home builders from the start of your construction project. This will enable your builder to make appropriate provisions in the heating and cooling systems of your new house. In addition, fixtures and exterior planning can also be made to conform to your desired home features. House builders employ several tested and proven techniques to give you an energy-efficient yet comfortable house.
Proper insulation of walls and floors can even out the circulation of temperature in your house. As a result, you will enjoy more comfort inside your house regardless of the frequent changes in the outside temperature. In the long run, you will also enjoy accumulated savings resulting from reduced energy usage. There are different insulation materials that new home builders can use like fiberglass, foam and recycled plastic.
Use of energy-efficient windows with durable frames and special coating can effectively maintain the heat inside the house during winter seasons. The same high-performance windows can keep the hot temperature from entering the house during summer days. Ask your new home builders to install this type of windows as they are also useful in blocking ultraviolet rays of the sun. If you have this type of windows, you can rest assured that your home furnishing will not fade easily and would not require high maintenance costs in the future.
Experienced house builders will be able to advise you to use modern heating and cooling systems. Compared to older and traditional systems, these energy-efficient systems are quieter and able to prevent too much humidity inside the house. In addition, these modern heating and cooling systems are less costly and more efficient to use. Proper installation of these systems can significantly reduce your household energy requirements.
These days, its easy to find household products and fixtures that are intended to reduce energy consumption and, in effect, maximize financial savings. Take advantage of these products like light bulb, electric fans and other kind of appliances.
The summer months mean high energy bills thanks to your running air conditioner, but the fall and winter months can become daunting just as quickly as temperatures plummet and your home becomes colder. While we can often ignore warmer temperatures, colder temperatures in the home can actually cause a lot of damage, especially to your pipes. Its important to keep your home at a constant temperature, no matter how cold it gets out side. Doing so may cost you quite a bit, but these tips will help you to minimize your increased cool weather energy costs.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
This is one of the most important things you can do. A shift of up to 10 degrees in your homes temperature, especially at night, can save you up to 20% off your bill each month. You can also set the temperature to be lower when youre at work or school, programming the thermostat to start warming the home not long before you come back. This is a lot more efficient than shutting the system off completely when you are gone because it allows your home to be at a cooler, constant temperature without allowing the temperatures to plummet.
Dress in Warm Clothing
Adding a sweat shirt and some warm winter socks to your wardrobe will keep you comfortable and will allow you to drop the temperature in your home another degree or two. Dropping the temperature by just a single degree – especially during the cooler hours of the day – will reduce your use of energy by a staggering 3%. That may not seem like much, but the dollar savings can add up quickly.
Take Advantage of Sunlight
Even though its cold outside, the suns natural rays can do quite a bit to warm up your home. The sun will enter your home from the south during the day, so those are the windows you should keep uncovered during the daytime. Close the curtains at night to block some of the draft and cool air.
Winterize Your Homes Duct System
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, your home heating systems effectiveness can be decreased by up to 30% if your ductwork is leaking. Make sure your homes ductwork is sealed an insulated properly so that your entire heating system works optimally.
Winterize Your Homes Windows
Check your homes windows and make sure theyre winterized. If you have rooms that are rarely used, you can insulate them temporarily by taping clear sheets of plastic over top. The clear plastic will allow sunlight to naturally heat the room but will prevent cool air from entering through older, draftier windows. In rooms that you do use, check to make sure your windows are properly caulked and sealed. You can also find heavy drapes that will help to insulate the room during the hours you arent allowing natural sunlight in.
Service Your Heating System before the Weather is Frigid
Have a heating and cooling specialist visit your home before the weather is absolutely unbearable. Finding problems before the weather is really cold will help you to avoid the waste that happens when you run an ineffective system. It will also save you the extra fees an emergency call will create in the middle of a cold snap.
Check Your Fireplace
Finally, make sure you are properly closing your fireplace damper when your fireplace is not in use. Have a professional come out before the cold season starts to check your flue, plugs, seals, and grates. Make sure your grates are allowing warm air to flow back into the room so that your fireplace is not just pretty, but functional, too. Using your fireplace should allow you to drop your thermostat down a few degrees as well at least during the hours its in use.
The winter months, for most, automatically mean higher gas and electric bills. Take some time now to make sure your home is prepared and youll be able to save quite a bit of money when the real cold weather hits.
In recent years, electric organ sales have taken a battering at the hand of the mighty arranger keyboard such as the Yamaha Tyros. It’s a shame because the electric organ can do everything a keyboard can do and more. In my opinion, the organ is also more playable as a live instrument. Because of the bass pedals, you can play the organ without any auto chord or drum machine and get a very respectable sound.
The keyboard on the other hand would sound thin, definitely lacking without auto chord/bass. Of course, arranger keyboards are considerably cheaper than new organs and take up less room. This has created a new generation of keyboard players, some of which could never afford the hefty cost of an organ.
So is this the end for the electric organ. So how do organ manufacturers address this problem? Well they were and still are designed to be a piece of furniture. Great big lumps of wood, which appeal to the older generation, which is why they have the reputation of being an older person’s musical instrument. This need to be changed so they appeal to all generations. The next major change has to be the hefty cost. A top of the range electric keyboard such as the Yamaha Tyros would cost between two to three thousands pounds new. Top of the range organs from Yamaha and Roland can cost you between ten and twenty thousand pounds.
This change may have already started with new models from Yamaha with the Yamaha D-Deck organ and the top of the range Yamaha Electone Stagea. Both are portable and very modern looking. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information on these models unless you read Japanese. Yamaha have decided there is no organ market in the UK, Europe or the USA. So if you want one of these models you will have to import it yourself.
At the time of writing this, even these new modern looking organs are now out of date. As far as I am aware the Yamaha Stagea electone organ and Yamaha D-Deck organ do not have the “Super Articulation” that is available on the Yamaha Tyros 2 arranger keyboard. There are also a lot of brand new features on the latest crop of arranger keyboards, which include Roland G70, Korg PA 800 and the Ketron Audya, the latter, still a prototype.
So if you want an electric organ set up. You might be better of buying two arranger keyboards and a MIDI pedal board. It would be considerably cheaper than importing the Yamaha Stagea and you would be assured of the latest sounds and technological advancements.