THE ENERGY PICTURE
The United States represents about 5% of the worlds population. However, it consumes 25% of the worlds energy
supplies. Energy is the principle commodity of our society. Our nation is totally dependent on foreign oil
The benefits we receive from this consumption are counterbalanced by wars overseas and the potential for
environmental damage. With the exception of renewable resources, our dependence on oil produces harmful by-products
for our country and the world.
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DESIGN ASPECTS EVERY HOME OWNER MUST CONSIDER BEFORE PLANNING A NEW
At the time of this writing, the northeast US is hard hit by triple digit heat. There have been several
deaths, businesses without power, nursing homes without air conditioning, power grids at full capacity, and power
companies even paying customers to cut back on usage.
The United States is also still recovering from the huge environmental distaster in the Gulf of
Mexico from the BP oil explosion and oil leak. In my opinion this was truly an accident and there
wasn't much anyone could have done to stop it. It wasn't the governments fault and it wasn't the
CEO of BP's fault. Accidents do happen but still, it did happen and we now see how devastating it
So how do we wean ourselves from this dependence on oil? Some say use less electricity in our
homes and businesses. While this does help, nearly 50% of the total energy usage in homes is from
heating and cooling sources. So, how do you cut back on your home energy usage? That's what we're
With over 30 years experience in home energy efficiency, we can show you exactly what you must
do to make your home more energy efficient. Not only does it save you money but it also saves the
Just think how much less electricity your home would use if 50% of your heating or cooling
didn't leak to the outside. Does your yard need cooling in the summer? I don't think so!
Whether your are building a new home or want your existing home more energy efficient we're here to help you. We
can teach you how to seal your home to stop outside air infiltration, how to
properly seal your ductwork, energy efficient water heating techniques, energy efficient home design and planning, what specifications are the most
important when looking at energy efficient windows, and so much more.
Building A New Home?
Are you building a home and looking for a custom,
passive solar house plan? Visit my home design site at www.rye-homes.com for more information.
Want your existing home to be energy efficient?
If you want your existing home to be more energy efficient I recommend ordering our Existing Home DVD that
teaches you everything you need to know to make your home more energy efficient at www.dougrye.com.