How Habitat Homes Have Low Energy Bills

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Tom is a graduate of LSU College of Engineering and has worked in project and company management for more than twenty five years. Starting as a Project Engineer for an Energy company, Tom advanced through numerous levels of engineering and corporate management positions. In 1998, Tom fulfilled a long held dream of building homes and began his own construction firm.

Today, that firm, Southern Evergreen High Performance Homes, is Greensboro's exclusive builder of Southern Living Custom Homes and offers many services including Architecture, Interior Design, Real Estate and Construction.  Tom is one of only 100 builders across America to earn the Southern Living Builder designation. In addition, he hold holds several certifications including an Unlimited North Carolina General Contractor License a North Carolina Real Estate and Broker License, a nationally recognized Certified Green Professional Designation and an EPA Certified Lead Renovator Certificate.   Tom joined the Good Morning Show team with the Fix-it Friday series in 2009.

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Greensboro, NC  - When it comes to making your home energy efficient , it starts long before the insulation is added. 

It starts at the  framing stage where winterizing of a home begins. 

All of the walls need to be sealed at every joint, all the way around.  The top plate and the bottom plate at the windows need properly sealed to make an extremely tight home. 

On the roof structure, reflective sheeting should be used. That is going to bounce back the heat rays of the sun the UV rays and help keep your home cool. 

A ridge vent should be installed on the roof.  This will allow the air to come up under the attic space and escape. It keeps the attic cool and allows for a longer life for the shingles.  The goal is to ultimately reduce your energy bill.

Mr. Fix It Tom Garcia shows you how it all comes together in the attached video.


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