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Carbon-Neutral Homes

100% CARBON-NEUTRAL HOME WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, GREEN BUILDING ADVOCATES BELIEVE IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO BUILD A CARBON NEUTRAL HOME, MAKING NO NET RELEASE OF CARBON DIOXIDE TO THE ATMOSPHERE. LOW ENERGY WASHERS & DRYERS A very efficient clothes washer saves both water and energy. Water Factor (WF) measures the number of gallons per cycle per cubic foot that the washer uses. In order to qualify as a very efficient clothes washer, it must have a WF of less than 5.5. (The national average is about 10.) WIND TURBINE A wind turbine collects kinetic energy from the wind and converts it to electricity that is compatible with a home's electrical system. As wind speeds increase, turbine output increases and the amount of power purchased from the utility is proportionately decreased. SOLAR PANELS Using crystalline silicon, researchers plan to devise a new process for turning the sun's rays into electricity. INSULATION Levels are specified by R-value, a measure of insulation's ability to resist heat flow. For most attics R-38 is recommended. DOUBLE PANE GLASS New technology with vacuum between the panes provides insulation values comparable to insulated 2x4 stud walls. LOW FLOW TOILETS Replacing an older toilet with a newer 1.6 gpf (gallons-per-flush) model or higher can significantly help to conserve water. ENERGYGUIDE 98.0 CAULK UP THE GAPS Use sealants that allow for movement, contraction, and expansion. Note the recommended temperatures for installing. GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP Ground source heat pumps rely on the relatively even temperature of the earth below the surface. At a depth of 5 or 6 feet below the qround, the temperature is relatively stable year-round. They make good sense for residential applications in most locations. LOW ENERGY ELECTRONICS A leading solar-panel producer has created one of the world's thinnest liquid-crystal-display TVs, with a thickness of about three-fourths of an inch. It consumes only half the energy of existing models. EFFICIENT APPLIANCES Look for the Energyguide label showing annual cost of operation compared to other models. The most efficient models get an Energy Star. MORE ECO FACTS AVERAGE 5-7 3.5 AL YOU 1970s 1980s AFTER 1995 THE TOP ECO-WORRY IN 1970 WAS ACTUALLY "GLOBAL COOLING." NEWSWEEK COVERED THE STORY, COMPLETE WITH GRAPHICS, OF SCIENTISTS WARNING OF AN IMPENDING ICE AGE. THE NASHVILLE ELECTRIC SERVICE REVEALED IN 2007 THAT AL GORE'S POWER CONSUMPTION WAS 20 TIMES LARGER THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN'S, MAKING HIS "CARBON FOOTPRINT" ENORMOUS. NUMBER OF GALLONS IN AN AVERAGE FLUSH, UNTIL THE U.S. GOVERNMENT REGULATED IT Sources: www.wsj.com I www.zerocarbonhouse.com I www.greenbuildingelements.com www.joannenova.com.au I www.energystar.gov Information provided by: http://www.homeownersinsurance.org home Owne rsins uran ce

Carbon-Neutral Homes

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With the help of current technologies, green building supporters think it may be possible to build a carbon-neutral home, making no net release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This infographic s...

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