Waitsfield, VT (Vocus) May 22, 2010
As the US economy continues to improve, homeowners are looking for DIY projects to improve on their investment, while also focusing on future home energy savings. Houseneeds.com, the nation’s leading seller of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home heating, cooling and plumbing products, has reported an increase in business this spring on several product lines that can help to increase a home’s overall energy-efficiency and are easily installable by non-professionals.
Some of these products are:
Tamarack Whole House Fans
In the Southern states, as well as other warmer climates, a whole house fan can save up to 30% of a home’s energy expenses by eliminating or greatly reducing air conditioning usage.
In the Northeast, these fans can eliminate the use for air conditioning entirely. On a sunny day the temperature of an attic can reach as high as 140 degrees. This high temperature will keep the indoor temperature higher than the outdoor temperature for several hours after the sun goes down. Tamarack Whole House Fans work by pulling heat out of your home while drawing cooler outside air in. The average homeowner can expect payback on the fan within the first year of operation and an estimated annual savings of over $830.00 by adding a whole house fan to your attic.
Airflow Breeze Register Booster
For homeowners with gas space heaters or wood stoves, one challenge they may find is distributing the warm air evenly throughout their homes. The AirFlow Breeze works as a booster to existing central heating and cooling system by increasing the flow of conditioned air from room to room. The AirFlow Breeze Simple to install—it simply slides into existing vent openings, without special tools or complicated assembly. The Breeze will Boost the output of an existing central heating and cooling system by up to 80% while costing mere pennies per month to operate. The estimated annual cost of operation is less than $5 per year.
Solatube Solar Tubular Daylighting
This Solar lighting system is a great way to bring natural light to windowless areas of a home, such as closets or bathrooms. They are easy to install, a professional can install the product in less than two hours and most Do-It-Yourselfers can finish the project in one day. The compact and flexible design allows for installation in just about any room, including rooms without direct roof access and smaller spaces where daylighting would usually not be an option. By enabling homeowners to switch off electric lights during the day, the Solatube provides savings on energy bills and also reduces environmental pollution. Solatube Daylights are Energy Star rated, and qualify for the 30% Federal Tax Credit through 2010.
Houseneeds.com was created in 1999 in the heart of Vermont’s Mad River Valley. Houseneeds.com has made it their mission to bring the best in energy efficient environmentally friendly products from all over the world to homeowners across North America. Houseneeds.com offers Common Sense Heating, Cooling and Green Energy Solutions with a level of friendly expertise that cannot be rivaled anywhere. Contact us at 866-Heat-123 or visit our website 24 hours a day at Houseneeds.com
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About the Author
Joshua Meyer is a freelance journalist based in Burlington, VT. He received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT in 2000. His focus is on Energy efficient Heating products and Green Technology. Mr. Meyer is currently at work on a children's book that helps explain the current energy and environmental concerns we face today.