Green Housing Blog

This is where I will be posting my blog on green housing for our green readers. I encourage and seek help from other like-minded individuals. Send me information, blogs & articles you feel need promotion to our community and I will post them in this spot and give reference to you.

Articles & News

Here I will be posting links to other news & articles that I find on the web. I encourage our readers to help us by sending links to your blogs or any articles/sites you find on the web that promote the green cause.

Energy-efficient Appliances

Nowadays, most appliance manufacturers are creating energy-efficient models for anything from refrigerators to A/C units to pool pumps. Here are the concepts and things to watch for:

Energy Star Ratings

leaf ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. It uses a rating system for how energy efficient an appliance is. Use this as a measure when purchasing your next appliance. Visit the Energy Star website for more.

Rebates on Purchasing High-efficiency Appliances

Aside from the actual savings on your energy bill from using these appliances, your local power company may offer one-time rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances. In San Diego, SDG&E offers rebates on specific appliances and home improvements. Visit their website for more on rebates.

Change your Behavior

other than purchasing new appliances, you can also choose to use them more efficiently. First, run them during non-peak hours - after 7pm. Get the full benefit out of each usage - i.e. make sure your dishwasher is full before running it.