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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, or to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s building codes, go to

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