Cool Energy House Demonstrates Green Remodeling Strategies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Cool Energy House is a model in home energy efficiency.

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High-efficiency heating and cooling features, sealed duct work, added insulation, renewable energy features and more can increase the value of your home while decreasing the drain on your pocketbook.

ILLUSTRATION: U.S. EPA

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Rising energy costs and the increasing need for conservation have generated much interest in energy-efficient home retrofits. In response, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program has developed the Cool Energy House, a remodeled show house that demonstrates the myriad ways in which an existing home can become more efficient.

Located in Windermere, Fla., the Cool Energy House features a host of efficiency upgrades and will be part of the 2012 International Builders Show (Feb. 8 through 11). If you can’t make it, don’t fret: After the show, you can take a virtual tour of the home at Retrofit Alliance.

The accompanying graphic illustrates some of the most common upgrades performed in a green remodel (but certainly not all of them!).