Solar Panels: Save The Environment

How green are you? And your family? Going green is a good option these days and today’s environmental situation and economic conditions push us towards green changes in our everyday life.

The most complicated thing with photovoltaic modules is the first phase of purchasing for used solar modules, but it would be better to decrease the cost of the device is to ask for professional help. In any case, purchasing used solar modules, you have to take a guideline and remember that older solar panels are bigger than relatively newer modules. It comes from the fact that technologies are constantly improving. However, if you have enough space, this option will cost lower and good for going green.

Buying the Right Solar Panels

Solar PanelsHowever, you must be careful when purchasing used solar power panels, as they may have broken glass and damaged connections and other obvious defects. You should repair them only if you have necessary skills. To find out the output measurement from your digital meter, measure it in full sunlight across the plus and minus terminals of each panel. A 12 volt panel should demonstrate about 21 volts in full sunlight after you set the meter to measure DC voltage. Take into consideration that the initial cost can be a little increased because a battery must be able to store the solar energy.

Mounting a solar power panel is not difficult and it is as easy as wiping down the surface of the panels once in two weeks to remove dust. You should be sure that there are no shadows cast over the solar panels and that the device faces south direction and has the necessary tilt angle. You can maintain the solar panels yourself or with the help of repair and maintenance companies. Maintenance industry grows with the growth technology and may be situated near your place.

Additional Savings

Usually state and federal government propose the tax subsidies for additional savings for your principal residence. These subsidies can give up to module cost. You should investigate the tax subject carefully. It will be a great contribution to the process of becoming green. Your personal tax agent will help you to check everything before purchase and you will know for sure how much you need to pay out of your pocket and whether the state proposals satisfy your expectations.

If you think seriously about going green and want to save the environment, photovoltaic panels will be a good alternative to other sources of the energy. Not only purified petrol and cycling instead of using a car, not only collecting paper and used bottles and tins, but also using pure bamboo sheets helps people to become more friendly to the environment and protect it.

The green home topic has become very widespread today. Do you know that the Earth receives more energy from the Sun in an hour than people use in a year? Go to this 200 watt solar panel site to find out how to order residential solar panels and save your money and the Earth.

Energy Rated Home

Quality features of a new Green Built or Energy Rated home will last a lifetime. You will not only enjoy the savings on your energy bill, you will be leaving a cleaner earth for your children and grand children to live on.

The Energy Rated program and Green building is an approach to building a new home that is different than just building to code. The custom design and construction of your new home rate with choosing the right location on your building site and continues with different features that will make your new Energy Rated or Green Built home energy efficient and enjoyable to live in. Both Energy Rated and a Green Built home are alternate methods of build with energy savings in mind.

Many questions come to mind about building and here is a list of a few things to consider when building an Energy Rated or Green Built Home.

Does it cost more to build?
What is Energy Rated?
What is Green Building?
What type of designs are available?
What is different?
What looks different?
Is the home certified Energy Efficient?
Will I save energy over a standard home?

Energy EfficientCost and Savings

Many times the cost of adding energy related items to your home will save you real dollars each and every month in your heating and cooling bills.

There are some major items that you can add to the standard home that will help conserve energy for may years to come. The simple act of changing the windows to Low-E, or adding insulation to the basement, or sealing the exterior floor exterior with foam, or caulking the plate line along the exterior and exterior corner with adhesive drywall caulk. This and many other methods of sealing the building will help lower the energy bill for a home.

We all have been doing some of the things for a long time, but Green Building and the ENERGY Rated program is a higher standard massage chair for all homes. Green Built Homes and the ENERGY Rated programs are winning programs for all of us.

When you think about saving energy, you have to think about the total payment for the home. It is just more than the mortgage payment that makes up the total payment for a home. Energy is just going to cost more and more each year. We need to find ways to conserve and both Green Built Homes and ENERGY Rated will lead all of us to conserve. Saving energy does add to the bottom line of building. When you can see a lower energy bill for the home, it saves you real dollars each month.

When building a home, we inevitably impact the environment. Green Building incorporates green resources into every step of construction. We develop, design, construct and help make many decisions that positively impact the energy efficiency of a new home.

We have all been using many Green methods in our homes, but we need to focus our attention on how we can improve the homes that we are building. The Energy Rated program is only part of the method that we need to use. As we all know, there are many ways of building a home, just like there are many ways to make each home Green.

Easy to Exceed the Building Code

It should be easy to build energy efficient homes that are better than the building code and ENERGY Rated homes is a great program that helps all of us. Energy efficient homes will add value as well as save energy dollars each month. With the current economic uncertainty an energy efficient homes is a great way to save money on your energy bill for not only heating but in the summer months when you use your A/C unit. There are many options available when you build energy efficient home and you can exceed the building code at the same time.

One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is to us passive solar day light. When considering where to build your home, consider where you place most of your windows. When you consider windows, make sure you use Low-E glass. Another method of conserving energy is to install the heating / cooling system ductwork inside the home. You should never allow a ductwork jumper or any ductwork in the attic space.

One area of construction that is still not used today is using drywall behind the bathtub, shower or whirlpool tub. Some builders just leave the insulation exposed. When you cover the wall with drywall first, you stop the airflow into the room. Your need six sides to the wall to stop air flow. The bottom line is that you save energy with this simple method of construction.

Environmental Services

Our Environmental Services

Green Concept Builders build quality homes and constructions while utilising the latest green building concepts available. Understanding costs versus benefits are always considered and individual budgets catered for.

Some of our Green Building Living Options Include:

Grey Water Systems
Shower, laundry and bath water can be used to sustain a vibrant healthy garden. With careful planning, an automatic grey water system can be installed to disperse water to different areas of your garden. All you have to do is decide how much water you want and where. The tank that we recommend stores approximately 20 litres of water before the pump cuts in and disperses water into your garden. When the allotted water has been used, the system automatically changes to the next line and so on. Its great and a very efficient, low maintenance product that is surprisingly affordable. Green healthy gardens are good karma.

Rainwater Tanks
From 500lt to 100,000lt tanks can be designed and installed. The tanks harvest rain water using pressure sealed storm-water pipes that can even be made to flow uphill! We recommend connecting toilets and connecting a line direct to the kitchen into a filter system through to the tap at the sink. Pump running costs and water costs make these measures budget conscious while doing something for our environment and ourselves. Mmmm clean filtered rain water to drink and to cook our fresh foods in.

Other Water Savers
Low flow taps with aerators that make it hard to tell that they are low flow. Shower heads which reduce flow to 10lts per minute which still provide that all over wet feeling, (as recommended by South East Water). Plant hardy drought-tolerant plants or grasses that do well in all climates with a little bit of planning. Create natural water flows with rain gardens and tiered landscaping by understanding that water flows downhill.

Solar Chimneys
What are they? Basically they are a higher roofed area within a house that can be vented. When the hot air rises and ventilation is provided at ground level this draws air through the house and creates what is called, “Passive Cooling”. No electricity required unless you want electric opening louvres at the top of your chimney. In with the fresh and out with the hot stale air.

Environmental ServicesEnvironmental Heating and Cooling

Passive Cooling
This is a form of cooling your house down without using high energy cooling devices. It can be as simple as planting a line of trees to keep that hot afternoon sun off your house. Plant deciduous trees out the front for shade in summer and when they drop their leaves in autumn they provide warm sun in winter and mulch for gardens. It can be installing the correct windows or a solar chimney for air circulation. Maybe a water feature at the front entrance that can act as a natural evaporative cooler as air flows over the water and into your home. Passive cooling is only using nature’s gifts of water, wind and plants.

Zoned Heating & Cooling
This is where we break your house up into different zones that require heating and cooling on demand. Good door seals and ducted pipes fitted with zone control motors that can close off set areas saves power and prevents bedrooms being too hot and stuffy. Allowing you the ability to open windows in bedrooms while the rest of the house is being heated.

Well, we all know what insulation is . . . it’s the stuff that keeps the hot/ cold out and hot/cool in. It normally does this by creating a trapped still air pocket that slows down and minimises heat/cold transfer. Some forms also reflect direct heat/cold transmissions. It is great stuff that can be added to your home to achieve different “Energy Ratings”. The higher the rating the better. This saves on heating and cooling costs because inside the house the temperature is kept more stable.

Volatile Organic Compound (Harmful Vapors)
VOC are the harmful vapors that are emitted from every day products. In the home we have some of the worst products that omit harmful vapors. Oil paints and water base paints are put together using solvent bases. Hence the initial smell that gradually fades until we don’t realise that it is still giving off vapors, but in fact goes on emitting for years to come. Some carpets are made using petrol chemical derivatives and harmful glues. Floor polishes like poly-urethane where the vapors are so strong that the vapors will actually congeal in water. Sheet flooring, cabinetry sheets, M.D.F sheeting and mouldings also omit harmful vapors. We can provide you with alternatives to these products which come with far less harmful vapors. Fresh air in the home with no harmful fumes.

Non Asthmatic House
Where floor boards replace carpets or where small amounts of pure wool carpets are used. VOC’s are reduced or eliminated as much as possible. An ioniser can be incorporated in the ducted heating cooling system to significantly free dust particles in the air. Fresh water and good cross ventilation for removal of stagnant stale air. Use of soaps and cleaning products that are recommended for grey water systems are safer and less harmful to our bodies. Fruit and vegetables washed in filtered rain water with no added chemicals, pesticides,algaecides, salts etc. This gives that sensitive body a chance to grow straight and true.

Landscape Designs
From hardy plants and grasses to using/ diverting natural run-off water. Incorporating rain gardens and landscape tiers to use water more than once!

Other Energy Savers
Different forms of lighting and positioning. Zoning of areas in the home for cooling and heating. Solar power/ hot water, are they right for you? Ducted heating and cooling, is this efficient? Thermal mass! Can we use this as an asset? The list of options keeps growing on a daily basis.

Commitment to Quality

The services we provide meet the highest personal health and safety and environmental protection standards.

Client satisfaction is the ultimate goal of DTZ’s delivery model. To help us achieve this goal, we are focused on ensuring the services we deliver and the products we manufacture meet the quality requirements of our clients around the world.

Through our continual investment in quality, DTZ has achieved a global ISO9001 registration under a single certificate, providing our clients with a consistent outcome wherever we do business.

We continually improve our services, products and processes using our quality management system and Six Sigma methodology, and by implementing changes required to maintain registration to the ISO quality standard.

To deliver continuous improvement, we implement an integrated, global approach that recognizes the interaction of every function and every activity we undertake.  By integrating systems which increase the effectiveness of our people, our ideas, our processes and our suppliers, we strive to keep defects, complaints and impact on the environment to an absolute minimum.

Our Environment

In a rapidly developing world, protection of the environment is important to DTZ. We seek to minimize our impact on the environment through responsible business practices across our businesses globally as well as working in collaboration with our clients and partners to develop sustainable technologies and processes which address the broader environmental challenges we all face.

Our Approach

DTZ recognizes that environmental conservation is one of the most important issues our communities are tackling. We recognize the importance of maintaining a high standard of environmental care in conducting our activities. Across all of our operations, we are committed to minimizing pollution and contributing towards a sustainable future by operating in a manner that reaches a balance between environmental, technical, economic and social objectives.

All of our business operations apply DTZ’s Environmental Policy in order to minimize the impact on the environment.

DTZ’s most significant environmental impacts include:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions as a result of our energy use
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from business travel
  • The production of waste going to landfill
  • The environmental impact from our suppliers

Our Environment Policy seeks the combined efforts of all of our people and our subcontractors to ensure the effectiveness and success of our approach to environmental sustainability. It creates an overarching framework that helps us understand and manage the way our business directly and indirectly impacts the environment. It also assists in identifying environmental risks and opportunities in our business practices.