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The Greening of Our Lives Presentation

  1. 1.  “ The mission of the Austin Green Energy Group is to enhance our community and protect our environment through activities that preserve and conserve our natural resources with a focus on promoting education and the building of solutions for efficient energy utilization.” www.AustinGreenEnergyGroup.org
  2. 2. The Greening of Our Lives Presented by the www.AustinGreenEnergyGroup.org
  3. 3. The Greening of Our Lives How Would You Like to Save Energy, Money, and Our Planet? Have Better Control Over the Indoor Environment of Your Home? Have Dramatic Outdoor Noise Reduction Inside Your Home?
  4. 4. The Greening of Our Lives Let’s See How One Family Did All Of The Above………..
  5. 5. The Greening of Our Lives House Specifications 25 year old, Ranch Style, Rock and Masonite Siding Home with Shingle Roof Located in Northwest Austin, Texas. 1785 sq. ft. Living Space 441 sq. ft. Attached 2 Car Garage 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 2 Adults Utilizing the Home
  6. 6. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Roof </li></ul><ul><li>Ridge vents were installed (replacing turbine vents) for better overall house ventilation. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective, lighter color shingles were used to shield house from heat absorption. </li></ul><ul><li>35 year architectural shingles which deflect hail and have a longer life were used. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>In The Attic </li></ul><ul><li>Radiant Barrier with a thermal emissivity value of 0.03 </li></ul><ul><li>(reflects 97% of infrared energy) deflects the solar infrared heat rays from entering the house. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps house temperature lower in the summer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps the warmth from escaping in the winter. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Greening of Our Lives In The Attic 16” of insulation added bringing the insulation R-Value rating to R-49
  9. 9. The Greening of Our Lives In The Garage Installed double sided, Aluminum, bubble pack, radiant barrier to aluminum garage door with a thermal emissivity value of .03 (97% reflectivity) and a R-Value rating of R-14.6
  10. 10. The Greening of Our Lives The Water Heater Installed a water heater tank insulation wrap with radiant barrier.
  11. 11. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>House Siding </li></ul><ul><li>Under the siding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Added an additional 5/8” OSB sheathing w/radiant barrier over insulated exterior side walls. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added Tyvek weatherization house wrap. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Replaced Masonite </li></ul><ul><li>(Compressed Cardboard) </li></ul><ul><li>house siding with HardiPlank </li></ul><ul><li>(Fiber Cement) Lap Siding. </li></ul><ul><li>Painted house with a reflective, </li></ul><ul><li>light color to deflect </li></ul><ul><li>solar infrared heat. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Greening of Our Lives Doors and Windows Replaced exterior metal doors with energy efficient solid wood doors. Replaced single pane aluminum windows with solid wood, insulated, Energy Star, dual-pane, Low-E glass windows.
  13. 13. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Weatherized house </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insulated all outlets and switches. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insulated and sealed all new windows and doors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather-stripped garage access door. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Water Saving Steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced all toilets with low-flow, water saving toilets. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced all showerheads with low-flow, water saving showerheads. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced all faucet aerators with low-flow water saving faucet aerators. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Energy Saving Steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced all incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced thermostat with a programmable thermostat. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribed to Austin Energy’s Green Choice Program (electricity now comes from 100% renewable sources) and the energy rate is locked in for 5 years. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Created a vegetable garden. </li></ul><ul><li>Installed a compost bin. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Greening of Our Lives Planted sustainable, native, and adaptive landscape plants.
  18. 18. The Greening of Our Lives Use reusable shopping bags and reusable water bottles.
  19. 19. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Habit or ‘Culture’ Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Almost Everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Wash/Dry Clothes Only At Night – lower energy costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the number of miles driven – combine trips, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off unnecessary lights. </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust to weather changes with clothing not the thermostat. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy locally. </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse/recycle receipts and junk mail whenever possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce consumption of red meat – Meatless Monday’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase consumption of vegetables and fruits. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase consumption of organic foods. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced use of chemicals, such as pesticides. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased our physical exercise habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick up liter along the way. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Recycling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Austin’s “Single Stream” Recycling Program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Batteries’ recycled at Radio Shack. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CFL’s recycled at Home Depot. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic bags recycled at HEB or Wal-Mart. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hangers recycled at Rick’s Cleaners. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing and household items recycled at Texas Paralyzed Veterans/Ark of Texas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazardous material to Austin’s Hazardous Waste Facility. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ink cartridges to OfficeMax/Office Depot. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronics recycled at Goodwill. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. The Greening of Our Lives <ul><li>Monthly Savings After All Modifications: </li></ul><ul><li>Electric usage with Austin Energy’s Green Choice Program declined 37.1 %. </li></ul><ul><li>Natural gas usage fell 16.5%. </li></ul><ul><li>Water bill went from 3000 gallons per month to 2312 gallons per month, a 22.9% savings. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Austin Utility Bill is 30.3% less. </li></ul><ul><li>$50/month cost reduction in monthly utility budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall household carbon footprint plunged 63%, mainly from lower transportation emissions while improving our lifestyle. (“We feel great, seem much healthier, and sleep better. We both have lost 9 lbs in the last 5 months.”) </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Greening of Our Lives What “Green” efficiency project can the Austin Green Energy Group help you with? www.AustinGreenEnergyGroup.org

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