Anne Arundel County Highlights Energy-Efficiency during the Final Week of Building Safety Month
Week Four: “Save Energy – Build to Code”
Annapolis, Maryland (May 26, 2015) — Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits observes the final week of Building Safety Month. This week’s theme “Save Energy – Build to Code” emphasizes living better, smarter and more energy-efficient.
By choosing energy-efficient building materials, homeowners can make indoor and outdoor improvements to create better homes for you and our world. The International Code Council offers several tips for energy efficient homes:
- Turn off lights and unplug appliances that are not in use, and switch to Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs.
- Seal air leaks around windows, doors and other openings.
- Replacing windows can save between 7% - 24% of the household heating and air conditioning.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Regularly change HVAC filters. Dirty filters can overwork the equipment and result in dirtier indoor air.
- Try new control technologies like motion sensitive or timed lighting. Using these options can save approximately 11% of overall household energy consumption.
- Install additional insulation in walls and attics.
- Choose energy efficient products can save up to $400 a year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Choose ENERGY STAR® certified products when replacing household appliances.
- If building a new home, consider the best position on the lot for trapping light and energy, and make use of the energy-efficient foundation, framing, plumbing and wiring materials as well as HVAC systems now available.