86 summer energy saving tips Exterior Design Photos

Jace Architecture
West Portal Private Residence
Energy-efficient houses depend on well-designed shading systems, because the best way to avoid summer heat is by blocking the sun’s rays from ever reaching the windows.
Jace ArchitectureSaveEmail 1. Block the Sun From Reaching Your Windows Energy-efficient houses depend on well-designed shading systems, because the best way to avoid summer heat is by blocking the sun’s rays from ever reaching the windows.
systems, because the best way to avoid summer heat is by blocking the sun’s rays from ever reaching the windows.
1. Block the Sun From Reaching Your Windows Energy-efficient houses depend on well-designed shading systems, because the best way to avoid summer heat is by blocking the sun’s rays from
“potential office over master & deck on top” — marshburn2
Ron Brenner Architects
10 Reviews
Modern Cottage Exterior
Tranquility on a warm summer evening. Photography: Phillip Mueller Photography Modern Cottage - House plan may be purchased at http://simplyeleganthomedesigns.com/deephaven_modern_unique_cottage_home_plan.html
Replace an outdated AC system. With the summer months approaching, now is the perfect time to assess air-conditioning systems. If you are installing or replacing central air, look for an Energy Star label with a seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) of 13 or greater, which is the new
window air conditioners are nearly twice as efficient as older ones, so springing for a new unit could cut your home cooling bill in half this summer. Look for an energy-efficiency ratio (EFR) of 10 or more for window AC units.
“Lake” — smeastman
Calico Studio
3 Reviews
Ames Lake Studio
you identify your water source, the next step is determining how it will get from the source to your home. A pump and filtration system will require energy to run. Holding tanks will be necessary to store water collected for on-demand use. The tanks shown here contain the home’s sole water source. Rainwater
Harvesting rainwater is another really good way to save water. Using it to irrigate lawns and even as the source for graywater in your home would replace the need to use treated and conditioned water where
to fill swimming pools, as graywater for toilets, to fill fish ponds and, when treated, as potable water for daily use.Are you saving water at home? Please share your best tip with the rest of us.
“water tank for gutters” — lynmv
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ZeroEnergy Design
11 Reviews
Concord Green Home
successful design were the homeowner priorities of family health, energy performance, and optimizing the walk-to-town construction site. To maintain health and air quality, the home features a fresh air ventilation system with energy recovery, a whole house HEPA filtration system, radiant & radiator
heating distribution, and low/no VOC materials. The home’s energy performance focuses on passive heating/cooling techniques, natural daylighting, an improved building envelope, and efficient mechanical systems, collectively achieving overall energy performance of 50% better than code. To address the site
utilizes a footprint that maximizes southern exposure in the rear while still capturing the park view in the front. ZeroEnergy Design | Green Architecture & Mechanical Design www.ZeroEnergy.com Kauffman Tharp Design | Interior Design www.ktharpdesign.com Photos by Eric Roth
“Sidings” — tatos
Hammer & Hand
9 Reviews
Karuna Passive House
through a window is actively saving energy. Taking it a step further, and into the realm of the Passive House building standard, a house can be designed to work hard in every season to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor living environment, without consuming superfluous energy. A home built to the Passive
placement of windows have been used to gain heat through natural daylight. Perhaps shading for hot summers was also considered. These are the first and most fundamental steps toward reducing the energy consumption of a house. “This house was designed to Passive House principles” means that the architect
architect and builder, of their own accord, decided to pursue a set of measurable building standards that promote low-energy consumption. The term originated from Germany’s “Passivhaus.” “This house is a certified Passive House” means that in addition to the house’s being designed and built to the Passive
“Wood textures” — jamierivett
Katz Builders, Inc.
24 Reviews
Shoal Creek Custom Home Five Star Energy
Shoal Creek Custom Home Five Star Energy
floor along with copula and electronic sky light as well as electronic openers on windows in upper levels, provide a perfect ciphone to draw out the summer heat. Screened in porch on first and second floor linked by staircase from breakfast room to the master suite allow for the feel of being in a tree
during the hottest months, electric bills only run $150,00/month. Loft over Master bathroom and master closet overlooking a vista view. This Five Star Energy Home was designed by Travis Gaylord Young of Studio Momentum, Austin, Texas and built by Katz Builders, Inc.
Savings: According to Energy Star, you can save up to 15 percent on your energy bills with Energy Star–rated windows, doors and skylights. That’s $146 to $501 per year when you replace single-pane windows, depending on which region you live in ($146 in California; $501 in New England), and between $71
“Clean lines” — Stephanie Brundage
Thomas Roszak Architecture, LLC
allows for more insulation and energy savings. Super efficient windows have low-E argon gas filled units, and thermally insulated aluminum frames. Permeable brick and stone pavers reduce the site’s storm-water runoff. Countertops use recycled composite materials. Energy-Star rated furnaces and smart
block out unwanted solar gain in summer, but allow winter sun in. Patio door and operable windows provide ample opportunity for natural ventilation throughout the open floor plan. Minimal windows on east and west sides to reduce heat loss in winter and unwanted gains in summer. Open floor plan and large window
thermostats are located throughout the house to minimize duct runs and avoid energy loss. Energy-Star rated boiler that heats up both radiant floors and domestic hot water. Low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures are used to conserve water usage. No VOC finish options and direct venting fireplaces maintain
“Barn look” — janianneswiegers
Noel Cross+Architects
6 Reviews
Earthy Modern
interior details make the home both comfortable and dramatic. The project’s energy saving features include: - a 5 kW roof mounted grid-tied PV solar array pays for most of the electrical needs, and sends power to the grid in summer 6 year payback! - all native and drought-tolerant landscaping reduce irrigation
estate home blends in with the natural surroundings of it’s hillside perch, and is so intoxicatingly beautiful, one hardly notices its numerous energy saving and green features. Durable, natural and handsome materials such as stained cedar trim, natural stone veneer, and integral color plaster are combined
irrigation needs - passive solar design that reduces heat gain in summer and allows for passive heating in winter - passive flow through ventilation provides natural night cooling, taking advantage of cooling summer breezes - natural day-lighting decreases need for interior lighting - fly ash concrete
“Change the tan bits to gray and use a stone that complements gray.” — Luna
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