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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.

For more information about Building Safety Month, go to www.iccsafe.org/BSM, or to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s building codes, go to www.aacounty.org/IP.

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