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Take a Big Chunk Out of Your Energy Bill

by Lisa Fitzgerald 05/05/2019

During warmer weather, you probably don’t think much about your heating bill. But when you don’t need it is the best time to make changes and upgrades to your home so that throughout winter, you can live in blissful warmth. Some changes, such as exchanging your old single-pane windows for those double or triple panes with low U-factors, or mitigating drafts, leaks, and gaps should be top of the list. But, if you really want to make a difference in your energy bill, read up on passive building principles.

Passive building concept

Using building science, the five main principles of passive building techniques give measurable, efficient use of energy. Builders joined with scientists from the US and Canada way back in the 1970s to develop the original principles using funding from the US Department of Energy and the Canadian government. In the next decade, German and other northern European scientists and builders added more information. Distilled for current use, they are:

  • Continuous insulation throughout the building’s “envelope” (the weather, air and thermal barriers).
  • Creates an airtight envelope to keep outside air from entering and conditioned air (heated or cooled) from escaping.
  • High-performance windows allow in light but mitigate temperature transference.
  • Heating and cooling systems utilize heat and moisture-recovery ventilation and “minimal-space” air conditioning.
  • Exploits the sun’s energy for light and heat but minimizes solar impact during cooling.

How it works

The exceptionally snug insulation and design strategies use the heat from appliances and the home’s occupants to keep the indoor temperatures steady through all four seasons and in each weather condition. It does this by constant mechanical filtration to keep the air quality high. This mixture of insulation and continuous low-level filtration prevents mildew and mold spores from establishing and growing inside the home.

This type of construction especially benefits allergy prone-family members or those with respiratory illnesses.

To receive passive house certification, the design must have high R-value insulation and demonstrably less (90% less) energy required for heat. Overall energy use must be 60 to 70 percent lower compared to similar-sized standard code-built homes.

Other features contributing to the passive energy savings include flat-paneled rooftop solar water heating systems that typically heat water to between 99 and 140 degrees, even in cloudy weather. Other passive homes include the use of wood heat for the coldest of winter days.

Metal roofing, especially in snow-prone areas, allows snow to slide off the roof, and utilizing covered porches and patios protects the home’s entrances from rain and snow buildup.

If you’re interested in a certified energy efficient home. Let your real estate professional know so that the houses you see fit your requirements.

About the Author

Author
Lisa Fitzgerald

PERSONALIZED REAL ESTATE SERVICES, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE & EXPERTISE, DELIVERED WITH SENSITIVITY TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

When buying or selling a home, my priority is to make your journey stress free and enjoyable starting with the first personal meeting until after you move in. Coming to you with over a decade of real estate experience, I am equipped with a higher level of expertise to help you sell with success or help you find the right home that will meet all your needs for many years to come. As a Certified Interior Stager, I work with Sellers and offer unique strategies in transforming a home to attract more Buyers and strong offers. It gives me great pleasure assisting Buyers and Sellers coming with diverse needs and preferences. I've always been a full-time agent so I can accommodate those busy schedules. Whether you're selling or buying, you'll never be left guessing "what's next?" because I'll be with you every step of the way. I don't believe in sales pitches because my business approach is based on honesty. You will be equipped with valuable information so you can make the best most informed decisions. I look forward to earning your trust and your business. Read my client reviews to learn more. Call or text me at (617) 816-0300.

PROFESSIONAL INFO

REALTOR®: As a REALTOR®, I belong to a special network of real estate agents which empowers me to offer a higher level of service. I pledge to practice my real estate business fairly and abide by a Code of Ethics.

-Licensed in MA & NH

-Accredited Seller Representative (ASR)

-Certified Buyer Representative (CBR)

-Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC)

-Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

-Interior Design Specialist (Certification John Robert Powers, Boston, MA)

-Certified Relocation Home Find & Home Sales Specialist

-Certified USAA Real Estate Agent

-First-Time Buyer Class Instructor for Various Banks

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

*Member of the Northeast Association of REALTORS®

*Member of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS

*Member of the National Association of REALTORS®

*Board Member of Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce

* Member of Merrimac Valley Chamber of Commerce