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Earth Day is a day where many people plant a tree, recycle and try to make an effort to conserve energy, particularly when it comes to their home. This year the Department of Energy is giving citizens a chance to get some home efficiency questions answered by hosting a special Google+ hangout on Monday April 22nd at 3pm. The live discussions will be streamed on Google+, YouTube and energy.gov/live.
The average American family spends $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Unfortunately, most of this money is wasted on energy leaks and drafts. When you consider that the residential sector accounts for 22 percent of energy consumption upgrading your home to be more energy efficient is a great way to save money and minimize your impact on the planet. If you’re building a new home and energy-efficiency and sustainable home building products are on the top of your ‘must have’ features you’ll want to consider browsing through hundreds of stock green house plans to find your dream green home.
The Earth Day Google+ hangout will not only give citizens the opportunity to learn about several new approached to home efficiency upgrades but will also be a platform to share your best energy saving tips with others.
According to recent posting on Energy.gov, “Whether you want tips on increasing the comfort of your home information on rebates and tax credits, or details on how to incorporate solar and other renewable-energy technologies into the home, our panelists are ready to share solutions and advice. Until then, we look forward to viewing your video questions and engaging with you in a lively discussion on energy-saving solutions to benefit both our home and our world.”
And after your attend the hangout take your newfound information and visit The House Designers collection of ENERGY STAR® and Green House Plans. These house plans are designed to be affordable and energy efficient without sacrificing style and amenities. Check out the collection here at The House Designers and you’ll be on your way to living green in no time.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to build a sustainable home, than choosing off-the-shelf green house plans from The House Designers is a great option.
Once you’ve committed to building a new home, there are many questions you will need to ask yourself before you begin your search for the perfect house plan. Some are simple—what home styles appeal to you? How large a home do you wish to build? What design features are important to you? Do you prefer a one-story or two-story design and would you like the option to easily expand your living space with a basement floor plan or bonus room? Do you have plans to ‘age-in-place?’
If you answered yes, let The House Designers show you just how ‘green’ your new home can be. For the environmentalist in you they’ve got a huge selection of beautiful, certified green house plans.
You could hire an architect to draw up your house plans, but it’s costly and can take a considerable length of time. The more affordable and efficient choice is to select a stock house plan. There are literally thousands of green home plans available online in a wide range of styles, sizes, layouts and amenities. You can choose from THD’s exclusive selection of ENERGY STAR® and Green House Plans that are either ENERGY STAR® approved or LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). If you find a stock house plan that you really like but isn’t quite perfect, they’ll customize it for you to ensure that it fits all your needs and preferences.
One significant benefit to choosing a stock green house plan is that it’s almost certainly been built somewhere, so any construction issues have already been discovered and ironed out. Of course you need to hire the right builder, preferably one who has experience in building sustainable homes similar to the one you plan to build.
A great stock green house plan like those offered by The House Designers will include many of the green features you are looking for, like solar heating, natural day-lighting, higher insulation levels, ENERGY STAR® products and energy efficient heating and cooling systems. If you like, you can add an ENERGY STAR® approved plan package to any of their house plans to provide detailed, complete blueprints for your builder to construct your new energy-efficient home.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “ENERGY STAR® certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label has undergone a rigorous process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the EPA, delivering better quality, comfort, and efficiency.
Earth Day is the perfect time to think about building a green home or updating your existing home with energy-efficient products so you can a create a more comfortable home that costs less to operate, lasts longer and provides a healthy living environment.
If you are planning on building a new home you should think green right from the start by selecting an ENERGY STAR® approved house plan. The construction drawings from this award-winning collection of green house plans make it easy to build a new home that takes advantage of everything from sustainable design to energy efficient building materials.
These new plans were part of an annual Green Home Plan Competition, designed to inspire consumers and builders to build healthy, affordable and energy efficient homes that incorporate green building techniques and eco-friendly products. The results are over 40 amazing, new, energy-efficient designs offered in a wide range of styles, sizes and amenities so you’re sure to find your dream green home.
These plans were recently recognized by Green Builder Magazine, which featured more than 25 of these award-winning designs in their latest issue. They were chosen because of their innovative designs and technical detailing featuring the latest in green materials and systems to provide total home comfort and efficiency. All these designs feature timeless architectural styles and practical/flexible layouts to ensure years of comfortable living without sacrificing amenities and aesthetics. These designs are also showcased in Her Dream Home magazine.
You can learn more about building a green home by visiting Green Building, a section dedicated to providing builders and consumers with the latest tips, trends and products about green building.
SAVE $50 OFF any online order from the NEW ENERGY STAR collection (available on house plans over $500) through April 24, 2011. Simply enter Earth in the promo code.
In honor of Earth Day, we have assembled a collection of small ENERGY STAR®/Green house plans, which are all designed with the same features and amenities of a much larger plan, but without the high cost to build and operate. Now is a great time to think about how green your home “really” is and to make some changes that will not only help save the planet, but create a more healthy and efficient living space.
With Earth Day April 22, now is the perfect month to think about building your dream green home. We have taken the stress out of wondering if your house plan will meet the high level of green standards once it’s built by offering you our exclusive ENERGY STAR® approved house plans. And we mean EXCLUSIVE, because we are the ONLY online house plan company selling ENERGY STAR® approved house plans.
We also provide you with an in-depth Green Building Guide that will help you choose the right green products for your home. Youâ€™ll find everything you need to know about he latest green trends and products, from HVAC to flooring to painting and of course ENERGY STAR® appliances.
This weekâ€™s issue of Dream Designs, features some of our best selling ENERGY STAR® house plans. If you have any questions at all while browsing through our green house plans, please give a call to 866-214-2242 and our customer service staff would be happy to answer any questions.