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Cool interactive tool from the Department of Energy

The Energy Open House is a virtual model home for homeowners to tour individual rooms to find areas they can make cost effective energy improvements.

Some of my favorites parts of this are the calculators for appliances and windows. It gives some pretty quick and easy data on operating costs of say your current model vs. operating costs to purchase a newer one with your projected annual savings. That obviously makes pay back a much easier thing to calculate.

It looks at everything from ceiling fans to insulation and sealing. Granted, I can get pretty geeky about building technology, but this is a really cool tool to pass along in a newsletter or on your website and blogs. Check out the Energy Open House now.

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Anna Altic – Village Real Estate Services. I’ve called Nashville home for the last 15 years and have been practicing (practice being the key word here) real estate for just over 6 years. In the fall of 2007, I went to a local German Festival that had a home tour, including a LEED certified property, and I instantly became enamored with the idea of eco friendly living (ok, so I’d had a little beer and the dual flush toilet rocked my world). I have since devoted much of my time and energies in to studying and espousing the benefits of better building technology within our local residential market and my proudest accomplishment thus far has been successfully leading the initiative to get over 25 green features added to our MLS search fields.

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