Posts Categorized: Living at Home

There’s More to Energy Efficiency in New Homes Than Meets the Eye

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Melbourne, FL – February 23, 2014 – It might seem strange showing you an iceberg to make a point about solar-powered homes, but when we share the point, you’ll get it in a flash and maybe even roll your eyes. Wait for it… Here it comes…There’s more to energy efficient new homes than meets the […]

Brevard County’s Economic Drivers Are Strong

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Melbourne, FL – January 19, 2014 – Our good friends over at Spacecoast Living magazine have included a special Discover Brevard section in January’s issue that paints an encouraging picture of our economic future. It touts the number of leading edge technology companies active in Brevard County, the high quality of jobs they offer and […]

Brevard Solar-Powered LifeStyle Homes

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Melbourne, FL – August 11, 2013 – Standing for something and becoming known for it are important elements of success in business.  We hope you think of us as the only source of Brevard Solar-Powered LifeStyle Homes.  Our family-owned home building business started right here in Brevard County in 1984. Next year, we will celebrate […]

LifeStyle Homes – Energy Independence Day Would Help Us Stay Strong and Free

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Got Your 6, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 30, 2013 – It’s a good thing that we pause each year in mid-summer to reflect on the heroic courage of our nation’s founding fathers in declaring our independence on July 4, 1776. It is even more appropriate that we honor the servicemen and women who leave their families and loved ones behind and take their stand […]

LifeStyle Homes – Cost Neutrality For You!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 23, 2013 – When considering the purchase of a guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart℠ or remarkable Net Zero Energy, Sun Powered, SunSmartPV℠ home from LifeStyle Homes in Brevard County, Florida, you would do well the keep the principle of COST NEUTRALITY in mind. The bottom line of COST NEUTRALITY is that you […]

LifeStyle Homes – Happy Memorial Day!

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Melbourne, FL – May 26, 2013 – All of us at Brevard County builder LifeStyle Homes wish you the very best for a happy Memorial Day. May it be a blessing for you all and the beginning of a great summer in the Sun. As the Nation’s leading builder of guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart℠ homes […]

LifeStyle Homes: Things You Can Count On

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Melbourne, FL – May 05, 2013 – In a world that sometimes seems out of control, it’s nice to gather together things you can count on. Most often, it’s people you trust, who you know will be there for you whatever. If you’ve got a couple of those, count yourself lucky. Sometimes, maybe just a […]

LifeStyle Homes: Net Zero Energy Homes

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Melbourne, FL – April 14, 2013 – Reasonably priced new homes that make as much electricity as they use are NOT a fantasy of the future. At LifeStyle Homes, we are building Net Zero Energy homes in Brevard County (Osceola County, also) today, and our wonderful customers are buying them. Those great people wouldn’t be […]

LifeStyle Homes: Congratulate Yourself!

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Melbourne, FL – March 28, 2013 – If you own a LifeStyle Homes Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV home, you have our permission to feel pretty proud about what you are doing for your family and for the environment also.  Your home makes enough electricity from the free power of the sun to provide all you […]

LifeStyle Homes: A Net Zero Energy Leader

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Melbourne, FL – March 12, 2013 – We reported in this blog last week that as a national leader in building Net Zero Energy homes, LifeStyle Homes has been invited to participate in a major conference focusing on getting more Net Zero Energy homes built in North America. This conference, to be held this fall […]

LifeStyle Homes – Net Zero Energy for All

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Melbourne, FL – February 24, 2013 – It should be no surprise to anyone that the long term strategy for LifeStyle Homes is to provide affordable Net Zero Energy for All our customers. The pursuit of that goal has led us to build our remarkable SunSmartPV℠ line of homes which really do produce as much […]

LifeStyle Homes: FLASH! Now, It’s HERS 59!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Policy, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Power & Light, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – Sunday, February 10, 2013 – LifeStyle Homes is proud to announce that we are advancing our minimum performance HERS guarantee for our SunSmart℠ homes from HERS 60 to HERS 59. One number may seem like a small change, but it’s not! We have to claw and scratch for every bit of gain […]

LifeStyle Homes: Old, New & Something Red

Posted by & filed under Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – February 03, 2013 – OK, so it doesn’t rhyme, but we think of red all the time. LifeStyle Homes began building high quality homes for the great people of Brevard County back in 1984. Our first logo was hand painted red on white in a style not too much different from what […]

LifeStyle Homes: Best Idea for New Year’s

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – December 26, 2012 -If you didn’t move fast enough to take advantage of our astounding stocking stuffer offer, you still have time to give your family the ultimate gift for the New Year: A Brand New Home from LifeStyle Homes! OK, so it’s a bit late to GET one by New Year’s […]

LifeStyle Homes: V.I.P. Blogger Speaks Out

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL -December 02, 2012 – This week we are proud to bring you a very special message from LifeStyle Homes regarding our plans for the future. You don’t want to miss this. Read along and we bet you’ll able able to figure out who our mystery guest blogger is. “Can one person make the […]

LifeStyle Homes: You Are Thankful, Right?

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Melbourne, FL – November 18, 2012 – Sure, there is turmoil and uncertainty, not to mention pain, but through it all most Americans have a lot to be thankful for. We sincerely wish you are among them. At LifeStyle Homes, we have so much to give thanks for and so many to thank that it […]

“Cocooning” Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – June 10, 2012 – Coined by futurist thinker Faith Popcorn, in the nineteen seventies, “Cocooning” refers to the inclination of American consumers to seek a safe and secure refuge from the stresses of modern life in their own homes. The concept, as well as the word, have become part of our culture, […]

Uh Oh, Alberto Says, “Hello, Get Ready!”

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, DOE Challenge Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – May 20, 2012 – Yes, friends and neighbors, it’s that time of year again when we should all take stock of our readiness to make it through another season of possible inclement weather. This Sunday evening, Tropical Storm Alberto is stumbling around offshore near Jacksonville, sort of like a drunken sailor. Chances […]

We’ve Been Counting Up Energy Efficiency

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – May 06, 2012 – We’re getting ready to introduce a new feature on our LifeStyle Homes website that will display up to date numbers for guaranteed HERS 60 SunSmart℠ homes and Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV homes built to date. Every time we complete another of these remarkable homes, we’ll update the numbers […]

Move Ahead Smartly by Focusing Your Mind

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Melbourne, FL – April 29, 2012 – At LifeStyle Homes, we genuinely care about your quality of life. Our principal contribution toward that is most likely made through building our guaranteed HERS 60 SunSmart℠ energy efficient homes and our truly remarkable Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes, which over a year’s time generate as much electricity […]

Faith + Knowledge + Guts Bring Success!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – April 08, 2012 – This is a blog about the significance of the coming dawn. On this Easter Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the risen Christ, many at sunrise services. The parallel is obvious, isn’t it? But in our secular business world, we can at last say with conviction that the […]

March Madness, or is it March Magic?

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Melbourne, FL – March 11, 2012 – All of us at LifeStyle Homes are excited for our friend and leader, Jake Luhn, that his beloved Bonnies, from the St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball team, won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship today and will be goin’ dancin’ next week in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Jake, […]

LifeStyle Homes at Harmony, Florida – SWEET

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Fun Events for the Family, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL, February 27, 2012 – Truth be told, there are so many residential communities built around golf courses in Florida, they sort of run together. That’s why we are so proud to have been invited to build our remarkable LifeStyle HERS 60 guaranteed energy efficient SunSmart℠ homes and our Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes […]

Spend a Moment With OUR TEAM

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – February 19, 2012 – At LifeStyle Homes, we pride ourselves on being all about our customers. We live by the idea that as long as we focus on satisfying them, our needs will be taken care of, both as a company, and as a professional family of individuals. It takes an extraordinary […]

Remembering Elvis, and Other Lightbulb Matters

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Melbourne, FL – So what do Elvis and light bulbs have to do with one another? Probably nothing unless you believe Elvis Presley brought a whole new idea to Rock ‘n Roll music, and light bulbs have long symbolized bright new ideas. Yet, we the people of LifeStyle Homes cannot let January 8th pass without […]

FLASH! Breaking News on Lightbulb Changes

Posted by & filed under Buying a Home, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Harmony Florida new town, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Uncategorized, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – Over this past weekend both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the massive spending bill that will prevent government shutdown, with a measure added which would suspend the ban on manufacture of 100 watt incandescent lightbulbs presently slated to take effect January 1, 2012. We first reported on this issue on our LifeStyle Homes Blog […]

LifeStyle Homes Family Enjoys a Party!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Living at Home, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Town of Viera.

Melbourne, FL – Last evening, we renewed a longstanding tradition that is very important to the LifeStyle Homes family. We got together for our annual Christmas party at the home of our late founding partner, John Luhn. Our employees and spouses enjoyed too much fabulous Italian cuisine, lots of adult beverages and our annual exchange of funny gifts. Needless to say, […]

LifeStyle Homes: Moving Toward CFL Lighting

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Melbourne, FL – One of the important ways LifeStyle Homes is able to achieve the remarkable energy savings we can guarantee you in our SunSmartSM and SunSmartPVSM homes is by using state-of-the-art CFL lamps exclusively. CFL stands for Compact Flourescent Lamp. You may know them as the spiral tubed bulbs available most everywhere lightbulbs are sold. […]

LifeStyle Homes: Fantastic New Design Center

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Melbourne, FL – After what must seem like 5 years of moving (probably more like two weeks, really) LifeStyle Homes is excited to announce we’re up and running in our brand new corporate offices and customer design center building. We’re now located right up front on the south side of West New Haven Boulevard at #3453 […]

LifeStyle Homes: The Real Deal Every Time

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Melbourne, FL – The phrase, “Lipstick on a Pig” came up repeatedly in conversation this past week, used to describe homes built by a particular builder in another Florida market. The implication, of course, was that this builder was stripping out expensive elements of real quality in order to deliver the look of luxury on a budget. For […]

LifeStyle Homes – Fun Times Coming to Brevard

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Melbourne, FL – Strap in tight, folks. A succession of fun events for the whole family is coming to Brevard County – just in time for family spring-time outings together. First in line is the 15th annual Indiafest cultural fair which will take place at the Wickham Perk Pavilion on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 10:00 […]

LifeStyle Homes – The Market Is Turning!

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Melbourne, FL – Exciting information is reaching us from multiple sources in at least two different directions. First, from the west coast of Florida, Tampa Bay southward to Naples looks like it did three or four years ago. Seasonal visitors have returned in droves. Streets are clogged, restaurants are jammed, tee times are non-existent and construction is underway everywhere you look. What […]

No, No! It Wasn't Us! We Promise.

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No sooner did we do our public service thing for LifeStyle Homes by reminding you to prepare for inclement weather, than we get a tropical storm on our heads. Talk about the Law of Attraction! OK, so if you are in the Central Florida area, the wind is blowing some and you’re getting some rain about […]

NUTS! It's That Time of Year Again.

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Yes, friends and neighbors, it’s time to be thinking about what will happen and what you will do if the wind decides to blow really hard sometime in the next few months. As much as we might prefer not to think about the “H” word, it’s a fact of life for those of us lucky enough to live on […]

Energy Independence Day

Posted by & filed under Living at Home, Saving Energy.

It’s a good thing that we pause each year in mid-summer to reflect on the heroic courage of our nation’s founding fathers in declaring our independence on July 4, 1776. It’s also good that we honor them by enjoying some extra fun with family and friends. And, how about those fireworks shows? Never get old, do they? But, how about adding another dimension to […]

Cash-For-Caulkers Could Be Coming

Posted by & filed under Living at Home, Saving Energy.

In a move reminiscent of the fabled Cash-For-Clunkers program, this past week, the U.S. House of Representatives, with a vote of 246 to 161,  passed the Home Star bill which would authorise $5.7 Billion (that’s Billion with a B) in cash rebates over two years for home owners who renovate their homes with energy-saving improvements. The bill […]

Good Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day

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Visit the Earth Day 2010 Action Center at www.earthday.org/earthday2010 to find out all about the world’s largest secular celebration that’s coming up Thursday of this week, April 22, 2010. See what you can do to help mankind respect our planet and promote its wellbeing. Why not take some action this week that will help you save money […]

Save Money on New Appliances in April

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Our friends at Consumer Reports remind us it’s time to get busy if you’ve been thinking about buying a new refrigerator or replacing your old dishwasher. Many appliance dealers are offering special deals this month because of Earth Day which occurs on April 22. You can save even more if you qualify for the Cash for Clunkers program. […]

And, the Grand Prize Winner Is. . .

Posted by & filed under Buying a Home, Energy Contest, Living at Home, Saving Energy.

No need for a team of high-priced accountants. No need to open the magic envelope or find Johnny’s fabled mayonnaise jar. The clear winner in week four of our energy saving  ideas contest is Angela. Oh, and did I mention, she has been declared the grand prize winner as well! Congratulations, Angela! Official notification will come to you […]

2nd Week's Energy-Saving Bright Idea Winner

Posted by & filed under Energy Contest, Living at Home, Saving Energy.

Thanks to all of you who submitted your energy-saving ideas during the second week of our contest. Special thanks to you pool owners. Backing off of the heat and filter cycles will absolutely save energy.  The judges were also impressed by the submission involving high tech window shades. We’ll be looking to find out more about them to pass […]

1st Week's Energy Conservation Contest Winner

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We have our first weekly energy conservation contest winner, and the decision of our judging panel was unanimous! Congratulations to Liz LaJoy for your heroic pledge to “try for 82 degrees” in your home thermostat setting this coming summer. Wow! That’s strong. Not only do we admire your courage, we are convinced your plan  is likely to result in […]

Home Energy Saving Contest Launched

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At LifeStyle Homes, we’re all about saving energy in the new homes we build. Check out our SunSmart℠ program at www.BuildingALifestyle.com to see all the details. We’re committed to building “net energy zero” homes as soon as the technology proves economically feasible and reliable in use. Net energy zero homes will generate enough electricity, using roof-mounted photovoltaic […]