Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed
Valley Forge, PA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010
Some say that St Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated because it brings the first green of spring. Shamrock clad and excited about winter’s exit — homeowners might forget that a different shade of green can be found at home all year long. With these tips, from CertainTeed Corporation, a leader in building science, homeowners won’t need the luck of the Irish to create a more sustainable home that is energy-efficient, comfortable and cozy.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills, and a large portion of that energy is wasted.
As North America’s leading brand of building products, CertainTeed offers the following tips and advice:
- Install new windows. Reduce energy loss with new windows. Consider more energy-efficient options like casement or double pane windows or install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
- Re-insulate your home. According to ENERGY STAR, improperly installed insulation can waste 20 percent or more of the energy you pay for to heat and cool your home the equivalent of leaving a window open all winter and summer. Re-insulating your home can help prevent these leaks. CertainTeed offers Sustainable Insulation™ as an option, which has 35 percent recycled glass content.
- Use smart lighting. Turn off lights when they aren’t being used or use smart occupying sensors. Take it one-step further by making sure those lights are energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. According to the DOE using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50 to 75 percent.
- Remember to power down. Many appliances use energy even when switched off, to prevent this use a smart power strip to shut down all stand-by power in electronics and appliances.
- Choose to go solar. Options such as EnerGen™ photovoltaic solar roofing panels and Landmark Solaris™ solar reflective asphalt shingles, by CertainTeed, make it easier and more affordable to brighten a roof with solar technology and can qualify homeowners for energy tax credits.
- Conduct a home energy audit. To locate obvious air leaks around baseboards or electrical box outlets and learn where you are losing energy in your home, conduct an at-home energy audit. Visit http://www.energysavers.gov to locate an auditor in your area.
To find out more about CertainTeed’s sustainable efforts, visit http://www.certainteed.com.
To schedule an interview about green homes and buildings or obtain images, contact Mike Loughery of CertainTeed Corporation at 610-341-7328.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009. http://www.certainteed.com.