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You don't have to live in an eco-village in Washington to have a green, energy-efficient home. Improving your home™s energy efficiency is often a matter of changing the way you live, and not even all that drastically.

Merrill Contracting & Remodeling
863 N Harrison St
Arlington, VA
Services
Remodeler
Awards
2008 Guildmaster with Distinction, 2010 Guildmaster
Membership Organizations
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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Thompson Creek
1775 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD
Services
Commercial Contractor, Specialty Contractor
Membership Organizations
Better Business Bureau, EnergyStar, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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The Alexander Group
5020 Nicholson Ct, #200 A
Kensington, MD
Service Type
Designer / Architect, Remodeler
Membership Organizations
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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Smiley Renovations LLC
808 Orchard Way
Silver Spring, MD
Services
Remodeler
Membership Organizations
2009 CotY Awards, Angie's List, Chrysalis Award, EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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Chadsworth Homes Inc
1010 Rockville Pike , Suite 300
Rockville, MD
Services
Custom Builder, Designer / Architect, Neighborhood Developer, Remodeler
Membership Organizations
Builder 20 Club, Custom Builders USA, EnergyStar, National Association of Home Builders

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Case Design/ Remodeling Inc.
4701 Sangamore Rd Ste 40
Bethesda, MD
Service Type
Designer / Architect, Remodeler, Handyman
Membership Organizations
2004 CotY Awards, Better Business Bureau, Chrysalis Award, Constructech Vision Award, Green Advantage Certified, NAHB Remodelers, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Pella, Professional Remodeler Best of the Best Design Award, Qualified Remodeler Top 500, Senior Checked
Awards
2010 Guildmaster

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Carnemark Systems and Design
7500 Old Georgetown Road, Plaza Terrace
Bethesda, MD
Service Type
Designer / Architect, Remodeler
Membership Organizations
2008 CotY Awards, 2009 CotY Awards, Chrysalis Award, Green Building Institute, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, National Kitchen and Bath Association, U.S. Green Building Council
Awards
2008 Guildmaster, 2009 Guildmaster with Highest Distinction, 2010 Guildmaster with Distinction

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Greg Smith Company
519 Greenwich St
Falls Church, VA
Service Type
Designer / Architect, Remodeler
Membership Organizations
Better Business Bureau, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Remodelers Information Technology Group

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Fisher Group, LLC
4119 Chatelain Rd
Annandale, VA
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Designer / Architect, Remodeler

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SEI Design/Build, Inc
260 Cedar Ln, SE #A1
Vienna, VA
Service Type
Designer / Architect, Remodeler
Membership Organizations
Chrysalis Award, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Awards
2009 Guildmaster with Distinction

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Lessons from an Eco-Village

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You don't have to live in an eco-village to have a green, energy-efficient home. Improving your home's energy efficiency is often a matter of changing the way you live, and not even all that drastically.

Energy efficiency is right at our fingertips, says Ted Montgomery of the Ten Stones community in Charlotte, Vt. Your hands turn on the hot-water faucets, turn on the lights, decide whether or not to let your car idle for 10 minutes to warm up, he points out. Things like that are right at your fingertips. It's mostly behavioral.

In addition, he notes, the measures we can take to reduce our impact on the environment also cut costs. Sharing things like lawn mowers -- which we do" are efficient-resource activities. When you're talking about your own home, there is the standard list: Watch the infiltration, tighten up all of the places where air gets in, look at your thermal envelope and keep your heating equipment up to date. Look at the way you consume your hot water, and consider turning down the temperature of your water heater. If you aren't using compact fluorescents, you should be.

Pay attention to your energy intake" and spend a little more in the beginning -- and the experts say you will save in the end.In the long run, it's not more expensive, Montgomery says. Energy efficiency is less expensive in the long run. It's a matter of being clever about how you do it.

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