Building and Construction
There are about 2 quadzillion things you can do to get energy efficient when remodeling or building a new home or office. Your energyhawk.com staff hasn't had time to review even half of these (yet), but the following are links to other web sites concerning some of the most interesting technologies we've encountered:
Use Heat Reflective Paint
Believe it or not, a heat-reflecting filter can be mixed into paint, then painted on walls, keeping warmth in during winter and warmth out during summer.
Install "Low-E" Windows
Like the glass used in sunglasses, window glass can be manufactured to reflect certain kinds of radiation, including heat, helping to keep the inside of your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. In addition, "low-E" windows are often built to maximize insulating properties using features such as non-heat conductive vinyl frames and a double-pane of glass with argon gas between the panes.
Install a Geothermal Heat Pump System
Taking advantage of the ground's tendency to stay cooler than the air in the summer, and warmer than the air in the winter, geothermal heating/cooling systems can achieve truly mind-boggling energy efficiency ratings. Its not just for enviro-geeks anymore: this technology is here and now.