A famous frog once said, “It’s not that easy being green.” But fortunately for us, being green has gotten much easier in recent years! There are so many ways to make your home more energy efficient, which is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet.
We had the pleasure of working on a project that epitomizes great green design with the talented Bill Churchill of Strategy to Design. Leslie Saul & Associates provided the architecture and interiors for the Sudbury Steel House, which was designed to use pre-manufactured parts and materials in order to create a home that is super insulated and sustainable. This Massachusetts home has been certified as a US Green Building Council LEED for Homes project.
Here are some of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide.
- Make sure your walls and attic are insulated. Proper insulation ensures the warmth or coolness from your HVAC system stays inside, so you pay less to keep things at the temperature you want.
- Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house. This will help to save energy because the trees will shade the house from sun in the summer.
- Replace your windows. Windows are an area that allows a lot of energy to be lost, and using Energy Star rated windows can actually save you 7-24% on your heating and air-conditioning bills.
At Leslie Saul & Associates, we bring sustainable, innovative design to projects ranging from residential and commercial to academic, institutional, and retail space. Contact us today about your next New England architecture project.
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