7 Tips for a Greener Home

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to increase awareness about the environmental problems facing the planet. This year, Earth Day is on April 22, and it’s the perfect opportunity to make some changes around the house to not only help the environment, but also to save some money. Seven ? tips for making your home more green follow.

Change your lights, change your life

Replacing traditional lightbulbs with LED bulbs can reduce energy costs, as well as reducing waste. LED bulbs last an average of 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, and use 75 percent less energy. Plus, LED bulbs are less harsh on the eyes.

Choose low-VOC paint

Few smells are as pungent as “new paint smell,” not to mention headache-inducing and allergy-triggering. VOC stands for “volatile organic compound,” and are unstable chemicals that release gasses that can be harmful to people and the environment. When painting rooms in your home, opt for low- or no-VOC paints to eliminate the smell altogether.

Be a(n Energy) Star

Whenever possible, opt for EPA-rated Energy Star appliances. Every Energy Star-labeled product meets the government’s definitions for energy efficiency, meaning you save money, as well as saving the planet. Smart devices can share the responsibility by monitoring energy usage, and recommend ways to curtail energy waste or even check for abnormalities in the way appliances use the energy.

Change your temperature

Turning the thermostat in your home down 3 degrees in colder months, or up 3 in the summer, can cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,000 pounds annually. Plus, it will have the added bonus of saving money on your electric bill. Smart thermostats are programmable to balance your home’s temperature, which goes a long way toward reducing energy consumption. It’s also a good idea to be sure to close windows when you’re not at home, so the air or heat doesn’t escape.

Natural light

Utilize as much of the natural light in your home as possible during the day. Arrange seating close to windows, so it’s not necessary to turn on lights during daylight hours.

Unplug

When you leave the house, unplug as many appliances and electronics as you can. While they stay plugged in, items not in use are sucking up energy, and adding to carbon emissions. It is possible to save up to $200 or more per year on your electric bill just by unplugging items like computers, televisions, printers, or even toasters when they’re not being used.

Build green

The best thing you can do to ensure a greener home is start from the ground up! Building your home with certified green practices is a great jumping-off point. Sundog Homes offers green building packages that follow the Green Built NC Homes guidelines. Our spec home at 682 Sand Hill Road in Asheville has been built using the Green Built checklist with an emphasis on thoughtful design.

For example, Icynene spray foam insulation has been sprayed in the exterior walls and crawl spaces to essentially create a giant cooler. The home has an installed tankless water heater, and the 2×6 exterior walls are framed with R-19 batt insulation.

Audit your Energy

If you want to do even more, but you’re just not sure where to start, contact your utility company for a home energy audit. They will assess the amount of energy you currently use, and help you find ways to consume less. They might suggest easy fixes like wrapping windows with insulated plastic during cold months, changing furnace or air conditioning filters every three months, or other suggestions specific to your home’s location.

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New Asheville Location Now Open on Patton Avenue

ASHEVILLE, NC, OCTOBER 19 – North Carolina’s premier mountain home builder’s newest office can be found conveniently located on Patton Avenue in Asheville.

The location houses a new construction office, and will feature a design center and a model home next year. The new Sundog Homes campus offers one-stop shopping for affordable custom homes.

Starting at just $179,900, Sundog Carolina collection homes hit the market sweet spot, where affordability and quality are no longer mutually exclusive when it comes to custom builds.

“We’re excited to offer a full range of services from custom home design, to our new Sundog Carolina collection house plans, to a place where existing clients can work with contractors and designers, all in one location,” explains Phillip Gamble, sales manager for Sundog Homes.

There are currently nine Sundog Carolina collection plans on offer, with features that might be more recognizable in lavish resort communities of the area. Here are just a few of the many included features that inform our base pricing:

  • Energy efficient Low E vinyl single hung windows
  • Chrome finished lighting fixtures
  • Granite countertops in kitchen
  • Raised bar tops at kitchen island and peninsula (per plan)
  • Cultured marble vanity tops with integrated sinks and backsplash in bathrooms
  • All wood cabinets
  • Maintenance-free lap vinyl siding, or upgrade to HardiePlank cementitious siding
  • Maintenance-free board & batten vinyl shutters (per plan)
  • Seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts
  • Metal wrapper 2×6 fascia with vinyl soffit
  • Architectural asphalt roof shingles
  • Home Builders Warranty (Insured and transferrable, 1 year workmanship, 2 year systems, and 10 year structural)

Want to see a Sundog Carolina home and can’t wait until the model is built? Contact a Sundog team member to schedule a tour of recently completed homes or if you need assistance with finding land for sale in North Carolina.

The new location can be found at 1589 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806. For more information or to schedule a visit to meet with a Sundog team member call 828-774-5720.

Preparing for the New Model Home

Here’s Bryon salvaging some stone from an old foundation left behind by the previous tenants. We got our demolition permit from the City of Asheville to remove this old foundation. Our site plan has evolved and it keeps getting better. More on that in another post.

Brand New Sign On Patton Avenue

Brand new Sundog Homes sign on Patton Ave.

Brand new sign furnished and installed by Moss Sign Company right here in Asheville, NC.