Sun tunnels are a relatively recent innovation. They’re designed to bring light into dark hallways, bathrooms and interior rooms that have little or no natural light, and for areas where glass skylights are not an option. A sun tunnel is a skylight that captures daylight at the roof, carries it through a tubular shaft and delivers light into your home.
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Insulating our homes is essential for Central New York residents. With our very cold winters and hot summers, insulation is a sure way to save on energy costs.
Many homeowners can save on their energy bills by incorporating some very basic elements of passive solar building design into their remodeling plans.
The key to passive solar heating is to take advantage of the local climate. One way you can improve the efficiency of your home is by installing skylights and south facing windows. Skylights allow heat from the sun to enter the home during the day.
Homeowners often ask us how they can save energy and about products that are eco-friendly. You don’t have to go to extremes to reduce your carbon footprint. Some simple lifestyle changes and consumer choices will help you to save money and conserve the environment.
Every year we get excited as we prepare for the Home Builders and Remodelers of Central New York Home and Garden Show at the New York State Fairgrounds! It’s a great way to meet people who are planning home projects and to showcase the latest trends in home design.
This year’s show features a designer showcase: “Style Your Space.” Scott McClurg and his team of carpenters have been busy building the sets for the 3-room showcase. Each room has been designed by local celebrities and furniture stores. They include: Sean Kirst of the Post-Standard and Ashley Furniture; Chris Brandolino and Kaylea Nixon of Channel 9’s “Bridge Street” morning show and Dunk and Bright Furniture; and “Big Mike” Fiss and Melissa Midgely of Sunny 102 and Adirondack Furniture.
The celebrity rooms will be unveiled on Thursday, March 17th. People who attend the show will be asked to vote for their favorite room and can enter a prize drawing. At the end of the show the winning designers will receive an award and the Home Builders and Remodelers of CNY will donate the materials and lumber used for the sets to Habitat for Humanity of Syracuse.
Since the theme of this year’s show is energy efficiency, we hope you’ll stop by our display at booth #220 in the Toyota Exhibit Center to learn about solar water heaters. Solar water heaters work in all climates, even here in central New York. Our VELUX solar water heating systems can reduce your heating bills by 50 to 80 percent. There are also tax incentives which will enable you to recoup your investment in about three years.
Home owners often ask me about technologies that can be installed in their homes to reduce both energy costs and their carbon footprint. Installing a solar water heating system is definitely an affordable way to "go green."