Smart-home technology is no longer reserved for early adopters and tech gurus. Today, new companies and technologies are emerging to relieve homeowners’ headaches, as well as make understanding and operating a smart home as easy as pie.
Similar to a car's MPG rating, your H.E.R.S. score will reveal just how efficient your home is, as well as how much you can expect to save on your monthly electricity bills.
When we at LifeStyle Homes finish building a new home for our customers, we hope it will be a haven for its owners—a place where their family will make lasting memories. That said, we were overjoyed when we heard that Brent and Michelle Van Bever—former high-school sweethearts who reunited after 33 years—were married in their new LifeStyle home this past March!
If you’re not keeping tabs on your energy usage, your electric bills can easily creep up during summer months. Luckily there are things you can do to help keep your electricity bills at bay all summer long. Take heed to these tips.
On April 22, 1970 — the first Earth Day — millions of Americans came together to fight for a clean, sustainable environment. At that time, the general population knew little about solar power and the massive impact it would eventually have on the conservation and protection of our planet.
We at LifeStyle Homes are celebrating the completion of our 250th LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home! We couldn’t be happier to have built this milestone home for such a wonderful family - Mark and Beth Adams, and their adorable daughter Lily. The Adams family chose our Bimini home plan with some special modifications for their Indialantic property.
Melbourne, FL - March 02, 2014 - In our continuing quest toward our goal at LifeStyle Homes to provide affordable new homes that make enough electricity on their rooftops to sustain the families living in them and recharge two electric automobiles overnight, all for free, we often talk about high-tech things like the photovoltaic panels [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - February 16, 2014 - A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog in this space briefly recounting the historical development of the LifeStyle Homes Energy Efficiency Initiative. You can find it two clicks to the right. The major purpose of that piece was to thank again our building scientist friends at [...]
Melbourne, FL - February 2, 2014 - We have often mentioned our building scientist friends at the Florida Solar Energy Center, in this Blog, and we have thanked them for their guidance and inspiration, but probably not often enough or strongly enough. The truth is, they showed us the way we have followed in our [...]
Melbourne, FL - January 26, 2014 - At Lifestyle Homes, we think it's high time that government at all levels decides to get behind solar power as the ready-right-now way to attack our country's energy crisis. We know what can be done, because we are doing it. Everything we learned about how to advance solar [...]
You know our dream at LifeStyle Homes. We are on a quest to offer affordable homes that generate sufficient electricity from rooftop photovoltaic panels to power the home at no cost (figured over a year's time) plus pay for recharging two electric automobiles sitting in the garage overnight.
LifeStyle Homes is pleased to let you know that the Florida Solar Energy Center has been awarded a major grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to work on making it easier for Floridians to add solar energy to their existing homes.
Read back through our recent blogs and you might get the idea that things are happening at LifeStyle Homes that we are itching to share with you. There are.
We have told you our goal is to offer affordable new homes that make all the electricity they need to support a family of five and produce enough surplus that can be sold back to the utility company to pay for recharging two electric cars overnight.
Melbourne, FL - October 07, 2013 - Returning to its roots, LifeStyle Homes has recently completed a major donation in kind by renovating the front office reception area of University Park Elementary School, here in Melbourne. "We love to do projects like this," said Larry Hufford, Founding Chairman of LifeStyle Homes. "Remember, both my late [...]
Melbourne, FL - September 29, 2013 - Our LifeStyle Homes blog this week is a continuation of our post last week. If you are new to LifeStyle Homes, please read last week's post to get the entire story of the remarkable experience we enjoyed this week. We were pleased and excited to attend the annual [...]
Melbourne, FL - September 1, 2013 - Labor Day is one of our favorite holidays at Brevard County Builder LifeStyle Homes. It gives us a chance to reflect on the huge contributions of loyalty, skill, craftsmanship and professionalism we have received from our sub-contractors over the years. One of the things that distinguishes LifeStyle Homes [...]
Melbourne, FL - August 25, 2013 - LifeStyle Homes is proud to be your Brevard County Solar-Powered Builder. Our national-leading line of HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) homes and truly remarkable solar-powered HERS 0 (zero), Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) homes offer our customers game-changing home energy cost savings as well as significant family home health benefits. Both [...]
August 18, 2010 - We are excited to announce that representatives from LifeStyle Homes, in Melbourne, will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ, next month to join our building science friends from the Florida Solar Energy Center in presenting the LifeStyle SunSmart(SM) success story to attendees at the Excellence in Building Conference & Expo sponsored by [...]
Melbourne, FL - August 04, 2013 - In last week's discussion about the marvels of the Solar-Powered, Net Zero Energy Homes being built by LifeStyle Homes right here in Brevard County, we told you there was something left out of our story; the Brevard Net Zero Missing Ingredient. Like the eleven o'clock TV news people do, [...]
Melbourne, FL - July 28, 2013 - LifeStyle Homes is proud to be the center for Net Zero Energy Homes in Brevard County. Our truly remarkable, Sun Powered, Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) homes produce as much electricity as they'll consume during a year's time, giving rise to our positioning phrase, "Free Electricity for LIFE!" If [...]
Melbourne, FL - July 14, 2013 - LifeStyle Homes is proud to be the leading builder of energy efficient homes for Brevard County, Florida. Our customers are reaping many benefits. First, our guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) homes deliver significant family health benefits by cleaning up indoor air quality - responding to the fact that the [...]
Melbourne, FL - July 7, 2013 - A big energy efficiency week is coming up for LifeStyle Homes. It's time for the annual Southeast Builders Conference in Orlando, hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association. A number of your LifeStyle friends will be going to see what's new in building products and technologies. High on [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - June 23, 2013 - When considering the purchase of a guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) or remarkable Net Zero Energy, Sun Powered, SunSmartPV(SM) 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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - June 16, 2013 - Being among the leaders in building high performance homes, both our guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) homes and our truly remarkable Sun Powered Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) homes, we at LifeStyle Homes eagerly await the arrival of each issue of GreenBuilder magazine, perhaps the leading magazine devoted to energy [...]
Melbourne, FL - June 9, 2013 - At least two good things happened at this week's National Association of Home Builders Spring Board of Directors meeting in Washington, DC. A whole lot of home builders from all across the nation gathered to share stories of market recoveries in their home areas. That was one activity [...]
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(SM) homes [...]
Melbourne, FL - May 19, 2013 - It has been an interesting and exciting week at LifeStyle Homes! With the departure of our wonderful CEO, our management team has been digging into their new tasks and have vowed to take the company to new heights. Positivism rules, and there is an even higher appreciation of [...]
Melbourne, FL - May 12, 2013 - Brevard County Home Builder of Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) and guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) homes, LifeStyle Homes, is pleased to announce that our great CEO, Jake Luhn, son of company co-founder, John Luhn, is leaving us to accept a dream position as the Number One Assistant Men's Basketball [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - April 21, 2013 - Free Electricity for LIFE is what you get with a Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) home from LifeStyle Homes in Brevard County, Florida. How can that be, you ask? Actually, how it works is pretty simple. It's also automatic, requires no moving parts and is completely silent. Best of [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - April 7, 2013 - If you are reading this blog post north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you may be wondering when spring will finally reach you. Not to gloat, but even with a cooler than normal spring in Florida, we're seeing low 80's during the day and high 60's at night. Everything [...]
Melbourne, FL - April 2, 2013 - You deserve a heads up for good news if you are a regular reader of this blog! LifeStyle Homes is excited to announce we're on the way to building our guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) homes and our remarkable HERS 0 (zero) Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) homes in two [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - March 17, 2013 - At LifeStyle Homes we are focused on building homes that provide Free Electricity for LIFE! We can do that for you right now. Just choose one of our truly remarkable LifeStyle SunSmartPV(SM) homes. What we're still working on is making these homes more affordable so that they could [...]
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 [...]
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(SM) line of homes which really do produce as much [...]
Melbourne, FL - February 17, 2013 - In one sense, we are delighted when our customers tell us other builders are telling them, "We build our homes just like LifeStyle does." or, "We put the same stuff in ours that they do to make their homes so energy efficient." The good part of that is [...]
Melbourne, FL - Sunday, February 10, 2013 - LifeStyle Homes is proud to announce that we are advancing our minimum performance HERS guarantee for our SunSmart(SM) 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 [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - January 13, 2013 - We have said in this blog from the beginning that the LifeStyle Homes journey forward in energy efficiency started with the stellar help we received from the Florida Solar Energy Center in nearby Cocoa. FSEC is a research affiliate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. It [...]
Melbourne, FL - January 06, 2013 - It's great to join a gym in January, but less than half of folks who do will still be using their memberships after 90 days. A better idea might be to join the family of LifeStyle home owners and do some permanent good for your health and the [...]
Melbourne, FL - December 09, 2012 - We thought you might like to read the short history of how we came to build guaranteed HERS 60 LifeStyle SunSmart(SM) homes and our truly remarkable Net Zero Energy LifeStyle SunSmartPV homes. It's an exciting story that proves good things actually happen to people who try to do [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Melbourne, FL - November 4, 2012 - Last week we commented on an interesting article about Net Zero Energy for homes that appeared in a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report. This week we want to invite your attention to another recent article that appeared in EcoHome Magazine on the same subject, the [...]
Melbourne, FL - October 21, 2012 - Net Zero Energy new homes are as High Tech as it gets in home building. At LifeStyle Homes we know this from actual experience. We have built more Net Zero Energy homes than almost anybody in the world and we have built them right here on Florida's Space [...]