Residences are a model of energy efficiency
Southern facing windows, solar panels and a tower for ventilation. These are among the features that make former Arcadia Planning Commissioner Ed Huang’s house energy efficient.
Firstn of all, Huang, an architect who works as a senior planner at the community redevelopment agency for the city of Los Angeles. He set out nine years ago to build the greenest home possible.
“As a kid I lived in a warehouse with a bamboo roof,” said Huang, who grew up in Taiwan. “We would go to the junkyard to get materials to patch up the leaks … it made me want to find materials to build a house efficiently.”
Therefore Huang and his wife, Caroline. Caroline conducts workshops on how to eat and shop green. They list their home as a demonstration house. All on how to live green, and give frequent tours.
With all of its features, Huang’s home ranks among the most green. That came from Charisse Dunn. Charisse is another Build it Green consultant. It’s the greenest she has ever seen.
That’s just any given sunday nowadays in the news. Why? Besides my book for the Green Guru Guides, Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits explaining to you that you need to air seal and insulate your house; YOU NEED TO AIR SEAL AND INSULATE YOUR HOME!!
Here are some straight facts:
The average household consumes 11,040 kWh per year.
Then, if we go with Energy Star’s statement that 1 kWh of electricity generates 1.55 lbs of CO2, then the average US household creates 17,112 lbs of CO2 per year through their electricity use. That’s equivalent to a little over 6.9 tons of CO2.