Haves" When Buying a Home to Be
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Three things are very important
to look for when you want to buy a green home or a home that you can
remodel to be green. They are::
1. A home with
most of the windows on the north and south. It usually means the long axis on the east-west.
It normally, but not always, means the home either faces north or
south. Having most of the windows on the north and south is the first step in
making a passive solar home.
2. Windows should open. If
many of the windows are fixed glass, you will be replacing them in
order to let natural breezes cool your home. It is very expensive to
replace windows and even when replacing them with windows that are
more energy efficient, the payback tme for replacing windows is
3. Overhangs large enough to
protect your home from rainwater and sunshine.
Best to keep looking until you
find the following:
|The majority of your
windows are on the north and south. There is one exception and
that is when all west windows are shaded by deciduous
vegetation. Helpful is east windows are shaded by vegetation,
|Windows that are easily
opened: Working with nature to cool your home with breezes
is obviously cheaper than using air-conditioning. Although windows
can be replaced, it is expensive to do so.
|Reasonably-sized roof overhangs. They not only
protect from sun, they also protect your windows from rainwater.
All windows eventually leak--but not if no rainwater reaches
them--besides who wants to be washing off rain spots?!?
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