Green home improvements that save money

Four ways to "green" your home, from Trilogy by Shea Homes' Green Home Expert Dan O'Brien:

  1. Solar-powered attic fans: Solar technology increases fresh-air circulation and reduces moisture build-up in your attic. Proper ventilation can reduce attic temperatures by up to 50 degrees, reducing the load on your HVAC system.

  2. WeatherTRAK Smart Sprinkler system: This system receives up-to-the-minute weather data from a satellite and then adjusts watering based on local weather conditions and the needs of your specific landscape. The results are reduced runoff that can pollute wildlife habitats and water savings of up to nearly 80%.

  3. Green insulation: Made from recycled, sustainable materials and denser than conventional insulation, making it more efficient and environmentally friendly. Green insulation can reduce your energy bill by up to 26%.

  4. Lumber conservation: Sophisticated metal clips used in framing save 5.5 trees per home. If every builder used these we would save 8.5 million trees each year. That equals 12,500 acres of forest or 12 times the size of Golden Gate Park

For more information, visit: or call (800) 685-6494.

Event information:

Trilogy Eco Expo in Rio Vista showcases green homes. June 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1200 Clubhouse Drive Rio Vista, CA (800) 589-4080

About Trilogy by Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities<br> Trilogy communities are high-end resort communities offering a new choice in living to those looking for an exciting lifestyle that revolves around wellness, exploration, continued learning, and close personal connections. Architectural product design and amenities reflect the changing needs of the baby boom generation, including business services, world-class clubs and a diverse range of recreation options.

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