'Green building's' are growing in popularity. A toxic combination of rising energy prices and emission worries has lead some homeowners and organizations to drastically change course.
The global graphics software firm Adobe (adobe.com) is a perfect example. Adobe has set an ambitious agenda of getting their headquarters certified as the world's first 'Platinum Certified' existing building by the U.S. Green Building Council. According to a company press release, they have installed energy efficient light bulbs, water saving bathroom amenities and sprinkler systems and have increased their use of natural light. The company is now saving big bucks.
Homeowners can take Adobe's example to heart.
You have the potential to save big bucks by cutting down your consumption. Here are some ideas.
Use the Government
Take advantage of The Energy Policy Act of 2005 passed by Congress and signed buy President Bush. Homeowners can claim a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $500 if they make home improvements to their home. It's time to replace that old heater you've been meaning to get rid of.
Some estimates say about 25 percent of your electricity bill is made of power leaks. When devices, such as your TV, stereo and computer are plugged in, they continually draw electricity from the socket. Your best option is just to unplug unused items. Also, if you want to spend a few bucks (about $30) you can purchase a Smart Strip Power Strip (smarthomeusa.com). This strip stops electricity drain if the items plugged in haven't been used within an hour.
According to EnergyStar.com if you seal air leaks or add some installation you can cut your energy bill by up to 10 percent. Time to get up in that attic and go to work.
Energy Star appliances are often more expensive, but to get Energy Star qualified the machine must use 10-50 percent less energy than the standard. According to the website, if one in 10 households installed these products our nation would reduce air pollution by 17 billions pounds and save 1.7 million acres of trees. Not a bad thing to think about.