On this blog, we’ve devoted many posts to extolling the energy-efficiency of the modern barn home and ways of saving energy in older homes. However, a great deal of our energy use comes not in our homes but in transportation. Light-duty vehicles, such as cars and pickup trucks, represent almost 20 percent of our total energy consumption in this country.
building a green home
With Christmas only four days away, hopefully we have all concluded our gift shopping for the year. If not, you may be rushing to buy gifts for the people left on your list. Given that we spend so much of our time and money living in and maintaining our homes, buying home improvement style gifts is a natural choice.
We previously discussed how Timberpeg homes have several ecologically friendly features. If building a truly green home is important to you, then you may want to consider pursuing a LEED certification for your post and beam house. The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is possibly the premier verification system for green homes. A LEED certified building is already very environmentally friendly, and the higher levels of Silver, Gold or Platinum certification denote even greater levels of sustainability. Here are some details to consider if you might want to pursue a LEED certification, as well as ways in which a Timberpeg home can help you meet this goal.
As you probably know, Earth Day is this weekend on Sunday the 22nd. Earth Day is a relatively new phenomenon, dating back to 1970. Through the years it has meant different things to different people, and each year it makes us ponder our role in promoting a sustainable and ecologically-friendly method of building.