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Efficient Air and Water Heating

About fifteen percent of energy bills are dedicated to heating water and air. While warmth inside the home and the hot water tank is an expectation, there are painless ways to conserve it without depriving yourself of warmth when you need it.The furnace uses more energy than any other home or office device. Most companies will give you a rebate to support the switch to a newer, energy-saving model.  Keeping the receipts from the replacement will earn you a tax deduction.  Some municipalities in Texas offer a grant to help subsidize greener building practices.  Assistance is also provided, subject to family income levels, for energy-saving home renovations.The hot water tank is the next biggest energy sucker. Check your energy bill to determine what your average water consumption is; if your water heater is bigger than you need, you are wasting money heating the whole tank if all you use is a third of it. If […]

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Horizon Wind Energy Downtown Houston, Texas

Choosing to operate a business devoted to wind energy production out of aged and fuel-ineffective building just didn’t make any sense to the owners of Horizon Wind Energy.  Recent green building renovations now make Horizon Wind Energy the first certified LEED building in downtown Houston.The building, originally built in 1927, is situated centrally and amenable to public transit modes.  It is surrounded by a plethora of complimentary businesses that supply the lunchtime, pre- and post-work shopping needs of its employees.  The building offers only half the number of parking spots compared to the number of employees.  The company encourages carpooling, cycling to work and public transit options.  The parking lot securely stores bicycles and provides shower and change rooms to employees who choose to cycle to work.Water conservation is supported by the switch to motion-sensor bathroom taps, low-flow toilets, volume options for water flushing and tap aerators on shower nozzles and faucets.  These simple changes […]

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