An Energy Efficient Home Begins With the Floor

fir boards installationThe first step to maximizing the energy efficiency of your home is to start at the bottom.  New construction or a remodel? Either way take into account the efficiency of your flooring.

Bamboo

Bamboo grows quickly so it reproduces every 5 to 10 years. This feature makes it a sustainable option.  It is recommended to buy bamboo from operations with sustainable management practices.

Concrete

A concrete floor can be a perfect fit in some rooms.  Quite often, concrete does include recycled materials.  In addition, concrete flooring is efficient as no further materials are required to augment the application.  An added energy efficient bonus of concrete is that radiant heating can be embedded into the concrete itself.

Natural Stone

The most efficient feature of a natural stone floor is that it will last virtually for ever.  If you do decide to replace the stone, it can be returned to the earth.  There is a finite supply of stone so it is advisable to get your flooring from a nearby source to limit the energy used in transportation.

Linoleum

Linoleum is biodegradable and recyclable.  Linoleum on your floor is long-lasting and can be patched if it is damaged.  Unlike most flooring options, linoleum can tolerate being wet.

With energy costs through the roof, the smart home builder considers every option to increase efficiency.  The floor you walk on is one of those options.  MW Designs is ready to give you an energy efficient home from floor to ceiling.

Efficient and Long Lasting LED Bulbs Provide a Better Option

Light Emitting Diodes(LED) are more efficient and longer lasting sources of light than traditional incandescent bulbs.  In addition, they are more rugged and durable than their conventional counterparts.  As a result of these advantages, LED bulbs are now being used in every application imaginable from residential lighting to aerospace.

Up to 90% Less Energy Usage

Changing to LED lights can lead to a decrease in energy usage of up to 90%.  That level of efficiency is equivalent to changing the tires on a car and immediately being able to drive for a month on four gallons of gas instead of 40 gallons.

One key to the LED light’s efficiency is that it doesn’t waste energy heating its environment.  Up to 80% of the power used to run a conventional bulb is lost in heat generation.

100,000 Hours of Life

A typical diode or bulb has a life expectancy of approximately 100,000 hours. Doing the math, this means that If you use an LED bulb every day for eight hours day,  you will need to make a trip to your local hardware store to buy a replacement at some point. However, you won’t need to run that errand for about 20 years.

Built to Survive

LED lights are constructed with semiconductor material instead of fragile filaments and neon gas which are found in other types of lighting.  As a result, LED lights are much sturdier and able to withstand a much higher level of shock, vibration and exposure to extreme temperatures.  This increased durability makes it possible to use LED lights in environments where a traditional bulb would be unthinkable.

LED bulbs have many advantages when compared to traditional incandescent lighting solutions.

The level of efficiency and longevity and the promise of durability that these bulbs provide make them an excellent option to light your world.