Energy Saving Concepts & Ideas for Cooling the Home in Summer

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by

Maintaining a cooler indoor environment in the summer can be a challenge for New England green home designers. Fortunately, there are several techniques that can cool your home without the need for increasing energy use or turning up the cooling system. Here are a few of those methods for your consideration: Traditional Dining Room by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC   Keep sunlight out of your home: Sunlight coming through your home’s windows can cause excess heat in your indoor spaces and put additional stress on your cooling system. Use drapes, shades, or other window coverings to block excess …
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Best Energy-Efficient Practices for Zero Net Homes

Posted on June 11th, 2015 by

Zero net energy homes are designed to generate all the energy they need, providing superior monthly cost savings on electrical bills while reducing stress on the local power grid. Here is a brief zero net home checklist that includes some best practices for energy efficiency with this type of home. Contemporary Kitchen by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Seal it airtight: Create a thorough seal that prevents any air or energy leaks that could reduce the structure’s energy efficiency. Make sure that there are no openings where conditioned indoor air could escape or seasonal outdoor air could get in. …
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Green Homes Grabbing Hold in the Real Estate Market

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by

As more home buyers recognize the benefits of green homes, these energy-efficient structures are becoming more and more popular in the residential real estate market. Green homes and real estate professionals are forging an ongoing partnership that benefits everyone involved in the transaction. Traditional Dining Room by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Green homes are residential structures that are designed to be highly energy efficient, reducing energy usage and slashing monthly energy costs. They are usually well insulated, well sealed, and outfitted with the most recent high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Green homes often incorporate renewable energy features as …
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Incorporate a Roof Overhang to Curb Energy Cost & Usage

Posted on June 4th, 2015 by

Passive cooling offers homeowners many effective ways to cut cooling costs and reduce energy usage while still maintaining excellent home comfort. One of the most effective techniques of passive cooling recommended by Sage Builders involves shading your windows against sunlight. You can provide substantial amounts of shading by adding roof overhangs and materials to your home. Traditional Porch by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Effects of Sunlight When sunlight comes through your windows, it increases the temperature inside your home. In winter this can be a benefit, but in summer, heat gain from sunlight decreases the comfort level of …
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A Spring Home Maintenance Checklist for Newton, MA Homeowners

Posted on May 29th, 2015 by

The return of warmer weather to the Boston area brings with it the need for springtime home maintenance. Here is a brief eco-friendly spring maintenance checklist you can use to ensure your home stays comfortable this spring and summer. Contemporary Landscape by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Clean gutters and downspouts: Make sure the gutters and downspouts on your home are cleaned of leaves, sticks, mud, or other obstructions that could interfere with the rainwater drainage. Check roof for damage: Have the roof inspected for any signs of damage that occurred over the winter. Damage here could result in …
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Passive Cooling Keeps Your Home Cooler for Much Less

Posted on May 27th, 2015 by

Cooling your home with a heat pump or air conditioner is the most familiar way of maintaining home comfort in the summer. However, there are other methods of cooling your home that require less energy and cost less in the long run. Here are some of the passive cooling technology features you can use to reduce cooling costs this year. Traditional Porch by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Install shading: Shading, such as awnings over windows, can reduce the amount of sunlight that enters you home and, as a result, decrease the amount of cooling you need. Put in …
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From Bamboo to Recycled Glass, There is a Green Countertop for Every Green Home

Posted on May 25th, 2015 by

If you have a kitchen construction or renovation project in your future, consider usingĀ green or recycled materials for the countertops. The following recycled countertops and materials can provide a sturdy yet beautiful surface for your kitchen counters while helping sustain the status of your green home. Traditional Kitchen by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Bamboo: Bamboo, a type of fast-growing grass, is a popular material for kitchen countertops. In addition to being a sustainable and quickly renewable material source, it is also stronger and sturdier than many other sorts of hardwoods. Recycled glass: Recycled glass countertops can be very …
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The Future of Home Design: The Zero Net Energy Home (ZNE)

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by

For many new homeowners, energy conservation and sustainability are two of the more important elements they want in their residence. For these clients, the zero net energy (ZNE) home can provide the energy savings they want while still creating an elegant, comfortable residential setting. Traditional Spaces by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC What are Zero Net Energy Homes? A zero net energy home is a residence that consumes only as much energy as it can produce using renewable energy techniques and equipment. A ZNE home does not use electrical power from the local energy grid. ZNE homes typically use …
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Is Renovating Your Home in Its Current Condition the Right Choice for Your Family?

Posted on May 4th, 2015 by

When you decide to renovate your home, the project gives you two options for determining the size of the structure: either add on to your existing home or renovate within the existing footprint. As you evaluate renovating with the current footprint, consider how the following elements could affect your decision. Contemporary Kitchen by Boston Design-Build Firms Sage Builders LLC Cost: Renovating with the current footprint is usually considerably cheaper than a renovation that adds more space and expands the footprint. A renovation done within your home’s current space can cost as much as 50 percent less than one that adds …
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