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Energy Efficient Vacation Home Checklist

Posted by Suchi Rudra

Sep 17, 2014 7:51:12 PM

When planning for the construction of a vacation or second home, this list of guidelines will help you minimize its footprint—and even turn it into a “power house.”

  • Super-efficient building shell and windows.
  • Low-impact HVAC (heat pump or geothermal).
  • Sufficient photovoltaics or wind turbines to run all mechanical systems.
  • Safe, low-impact septic systems (composting toilets or the next best thing).
  • Low-maintenance roofing such as standing seam metal, clay tile, concrete tile or recycled rubber.
  • Low-maintenance siding, such as fiber cement, stucco, manufactured stone or brick.
  • LED lighting throughout.
  • Water-conserving fixtures.
  • Energy-efficient and appropriately-sized appliances.
  • Remote control and monitoring of energy systems.
  • Appropriate size.
  • Siting that minimizes impact to sensitive habitats.

Low-Impact Landscaping

  • Drought-tolerant, native plants—no lawns!
  • Automatic drip irrigation systems.
  • Rainwater cisterns and/or graywater irrigation.
  • Porous driveways and walkways.
  • Natural swimming pools only.

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