System In Detail
Control systems can offer a simple and intuitive interface for homeowners to control and monitor various aspects of their homes from lighting, to the thermostat, to the whole house power consumption. With the ability to monitor their energy use, homeowners can make more informed energy conscious decisions on how to operate their homes, or let the system do it for them.
– My Schneider Electric Home
– Clipsal Homepage
– C-Bus Forums
Ductless mini-split heat pumps make good retrofit add-ons to homes seeking to reduce energy consumption. Flexible in size and less invasive than ducted systems, they are mounted on the wall and can be twice as efficient as traditional systems, offering large savings on your utility bill.
– Ductless, Mini-Split Heat Pumps
– Ductless (Mini-Split) Heat Pumps
Ventilation is an important aspect of energy efficient, air tight homes, to provide fresh air and remove indoor pollutants, moisture, and odors. Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) provide ventilation to the house while recovering energy, both sensible (temperature) and latent (moisture) in the exhaust air through an air to air heat exchanger. This reduces the demand on your heating and cooling system, which in turn saves energy.
– Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems
Green Building Advisor:
– HRV or ERV?
NAHB Research Center:
– Energy and Heat Recovery Ventilators
– Energy Recovery Ventilation
– Use and Misuse of Energy Recovery Ventilators (PDF)
Using that same technology that cools your house, a heat pump water heater can save you 60% on your water heating bill. They work by using electricity to move heat from one source to another instead of generating it internally.
– Heat Pump Water Heaters: How They Work
– Heat-Pump Water Heaters
– Geo Springs Water Heater
– Before you buy… Heat Pump Water Heater
PEX piping systems offer many advantages to traditional copper piping. The flexibility and ease of connections mean less install time. Additionally, the ability to utilize a “home run” piping system also means better flow control to your fixtures and easier servicing should a leak ever occur.
– Plumbing with PEX
Residential PEX Design Guide:
– Residential PEX Design Guide(pdf)