Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 20, 2012
In light of the recent Washington winter storm, Seattle contractor, Better Builders shares expertise in sustainable building practices. The main problem most homeowners face is how to keep energy in, and the elements out. In addition, a big cost saver comes from using eco-friendly products that save resources like water and electricity.
There are a number of sustainable solutions that can help reduce utility bills each month, while giving residents the piece of mind that comes from “green living”. A big movement in recent years has been the switch from traditional light bulbs to halogen or LED light bulbs. The typical LED light bulb only uses about 5-15% the energy required by a traditional incandescent light bulb. While there may be some initial cost outlay in the process of changing out the home’s lights, homeowners will see dramatic savings to their electricity bill due to the increased efficiency and extended life of the sustainable lighting alternative.
Another effective energy saver is sealing drafts around doors and windows. According to a report by the US Department of Energy, taking care of drafts around the house can save between 5-30% on energy bills per year. Simple solutions to the problem are products called “draft snakes”. These basic draft liners are a good temporary solution, but a more thorough evaluation and permanent application of weather sealers around windows and doors will not only save energy in the winter and summer, but also make the home more attractive when it needs to be put on the market. To create more efficiency with the home’s heating, a simple modification can also save on the heating bill. By flipping the ceiling fan blades around in the winter months, the fan will draw the cool air up and push the warm air down where it is needed.
While many energy saving techniques fall in the Do It Yourself category, it is a good idea to consult with a green home contractor to tackle the more involved projects. Seattle custom home builder, Better Builders, provides cutting-edge, sustainable work as well as installs Energy Star equipment.
About Better Builders
Better Builders is a premier builder of quality homes, remodels, and commercial tenant improvement projects in Seattle. We are a dedicated green contractor that will meet your time line and on budget.