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Energy Saving Tips

Install a programmable thermostat that can be adjust the temperature according to your schedule

Use Energy Star rated compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Set your thermostat low in the winter and high in the summer.

Take (short) showers instead of baths.

Turn your TV, computer and home electronic equipment off at the power strip rather than with the remote. Even when turned "off", most TVs, computers, DVD players and stereos still use electricity!

Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes.

Air dry clothes and dishes instead of using the dry cycle.

Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

Turn your lights off when you leave a room. Standard, incandescent light bulbs should be turned off whenever they are not needed. Fluorescent lights should be turned off whenever you'll be away for 15 minutes or more.

Get more tips:
Dept of Energy - Energy Saving Tips

How Can Graystone's "green" Agents help you?
The Graystone Team is proud to be "green!" Through research and educational courses dealing with environmental issues and "green" topics, we have gained knowledge that benefit our Buyers and Sellers. For Buyers, our expertise enables us to search for and identify energy-efficient homes and lenders with green mortgage programs. For Sellers, our knowledge of energy-efficient features, benefits and potential savings offers us a way to make your home stand out of the crowd.

  • Looking for a certified green home? We've got them! Look for the Graystone Green label on our featured homes.
  • Trying to find a green builder or remodeler? We represent one of the Piedmont area's finest!
  • Need financing for your green home? Ask what a green mortgage program can do for you!
  • Want to learn more about what you can do as a Buyer or Seller to go green? Check out our green resources!

Green Builders and Remodelers
Build Green with Graystone Homes!We are proud to represent one of the Piedmont area's leading green builders and remodelers: Anthony Clatterbuck of Graystone Homes.

"We believe in building homes that are not only long-lasting, but good for the environment as well. The materials we use are of the highest quality and not only meet the current energy rating requirements, but surpass them. Green building uses environmentally friendly products to build with (such as engineered floor joists, OSB sheathing) and energy efficient building practices.

We have partnered with Energy Star to provide our homeowners with certification documenting the energy efficiency of their homes. We have produced several certified Earthcraft Homes" - Anthony Clatterbuck, Graystone Homes, Inc.

Green Mortgages
Often called Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) or Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs) - a "green" mortgage is a type of mortgage that provides a discount or larger loan amount than a standard mortgage would allow as an incentive for purchasing an energy-efficient (usually Energy Star) home or making energy-efficient improvements. A more energy-efficient home means lower utility bills - which directly translates to a greater income, qualifying a prospective homeowner to buy a more expensive house.

Learn more:

Many lenders offer green mortgage programs. We can provide a list of local lenders that we have hand selected based on our personal experience as well as customer recommendations that provide green mortgage programs.

Green Programs & General Resources

EPA - Links for Buyers & Sellers

What does the Energy Star rating mean?

Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC).

ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances. These features contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. ENERGY STAR also encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as features designed to improve indoor air quality.

Other Links For Buyers & Sellers

Alternate Energy Sources
  • Solar Energy


Energy Efficiency


Financing Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Radiant Heating
Water Quality Other Environmentally-Friendly Links

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