SEE (SUPER ENERGY EFFICIENT) HOUSING
The purpose of this group is to introduce and explain the concept of SEE (Super Energy Efficient) housing. Such homes go way beyond the National Building Code recommended insulation standards (that vary for different zones in the U.S.) They are also at the extreme end of energy efficiency, as supported by the Energy Star Housing Program. SEE standards can easily be adapted for new construction as well as for renovating older existing homes. Virtually every home in the U.S. can become an SEE home. Just imagine, that if a new SEE home uses 75+% less energy for space heating than a new commonly built energy efficient home today, how much improvement can be achieved for an older less energy efficient home. Our homes and offices use 40% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. Adopting this single concept alone, can conservatively cut total U.S. energy use by more than 20% - - TWENTY PERCENT. This is ten times more than the limited potential of any new Alaskan oil fields and can begin producing energy savings within a matter of months - - energy savings that will never run out over time.
SEE housing has many compelling reasons why it will not be a choice, but a requirement for all housing - - both new & existing. They are also a good investment for one’s personal economic future. Find out about SEE housing and you will be sold on its concept & value. Then, find ways to help us promote the idea to friends and beyond!
The advantages of SEE housing are broad and will benefit everyone in some fashion. Individual buyers/owners of SEE homes & buildings will find they have a lower cost of ownership (principal/interest/taxes - - plus energy costs) than if they had the same home as a non-SEE structure - - ever more so as energy prices rise. Also, the value of their housing will surely rise faster than non-SEE housing.
The rest of us will all benefit from 1) less pollution, 2) lower energy costs, as less energy use will mean lower prices, and 3) a much sounder U.S. economy - - in the short-term as well as long-term. In fact, converting older housing to SEE standards will begin a whole new industry in the U.S. - - SEE remodeling. As such, it will get our housing industry back on line and build up our manufacturing base - - an area of the U.S. economy that has constantly been exported. Converting to SEE housing will add well-paying “non-exportable“ jobs to the construction, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. These jobs will be spread evenly throughout the U.S., wherever there are homes and businesses. This will bolster the U.S. economy, as the effect of every dollar added to the U.S. economy is multiplied by a factor of 10. Also, people not spending money on energy will mean they can buy in other areas of our economy - - saving/adding jobs. The result of all this will add to Federal Income Tax revenues - - again benefiting us all.
The next question of any doubters is who will pay for the conversion to SEE housing? Well, the “smart” home or building owner of course! They will initially pay a higher mortgage payment on their SEE home, but they will be more than reimbursed for those costs by their energy savings plus mortgage tax advantages. Bottom line, money not spent on energy will pay for SEE housing, while also improving our environment andkeeping energy costs down, and have a dramatic effect on improving our short-term & long-term economic outlook.
I am proposing SEE as a MAJOR, YET SIMPLE SOLUTION to many of the problems now facing our country. What now needs to happen is to get this information out to those within our society that can really help to get this concept going. We need to get politicians on board (from the Federal to the State level), add the concept of SEE to organizational efforts like the Picken’s Plan, and get each and everyone of us to understand and convince others of the value of SEE housing. All I ask of each and every one of you, that understand what I have proposed, is please help in any way that you can to promote SEE for all of our sakes?
I will periodically add to this site much more detailed support for all that I have briefly touched upon here. WELCOME ABOARD THIS INFORMATION TRAIN !