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      Go green and save some green

      If you're in the market for building a new home, listen up.

      Choosing a home constructed with energy efficient products can help keep the "green" in your home and in your wallet.

      Since October is Energy Awareness Month we brought J Martinez and Ray Garcia to explain.

      Saving Green with Energy-Efficient Building Products

      Choosing a home constructed with energy efficient and easy maintenance products can help keep the "green" in your home ... and in your wallet.

      - a roof with an exceptional warranty - durable vinyl windows - an energy-efficient fiberglass entry door - an insulated precast concrete basement - low-maintenance exterior siding, trim and shutters

      Basement -- Look for a damp-free basement.- Try to get one with precast concrete wall panels such as those from Superior Walls.- Dry, comfortable basements help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage.

      Entry door -- Select a fiberglass door for energy efficiency.- Fiberglass resists rot, rust, dings and weather.- Therma-Tru has a wide variety of fiberglass doors to choose from.

      Windows -- Windows should open and close smoothly.- You should not feel drafts or hot spots through the windows.- Vinyl windows, like those from Simonton Windows, have fusion-welded corners and multi-chambered construction for increased energy efficiency.- Ask for Argon or Krypton gas fill to help keep a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, resulting in lower energy bills for the homeowner.

      Trim -- Select low-maintenance urethane trimwork, porch railings, shutters, louvers and other exterior decorative features on the home.- These products, like those from Fypon, resist rotting, insect infestation and humidity.

      Roof -- Look up at the roof and search for curling, broken, missing or fading shingles.- Stay away from natural, untreated wood shake roofs that can be a fire hazard or those roofing materials that can be damaged by hail, insects or severe weather.- Look for a polymer slate or shake roof, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes that have a 50-yaer warranty.

      HVAC System -- Make sure the furnace, air conditioning unit, boilers and heat pumps are ENERGY STAR qualified.