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remodeling your home the green way

When my husband and I bought our house, it was a wreck.  The insulation was old. The appliances were old. The windows hadn’t been installed properly. We wanted the house to look nice, but we also knew that if we had to remodel, we should do it the right way: using the most energy-efficient products and methods available. Making our house greener would not only save us money in the long run, but also be a way we could contribute to cleaning up the environment.

So in one feverish month, we went to work. Here’s just a quick list of some of the ways you can remodel your home “the green way.”

-        Choose energy-efficient appliances—Think EnergyStar air conditioners, tankless water heaters, and low-flow showerheads.

-        Choose the best insulation—Add insulation in your attic and walls, and make sure you have heat stoppers on your doors and windows.

-        Choose recycled products like carpets—You can buy recycled carpet and carpet pad, so you’re buying something that didn’t go into a landfill.

-        Choose durable products that last a long time—Spending a little more in the short term can make a big difference in the long run.

-        Choose renewable products—Buy bamboo flooring instead of hardwood or paper-based countertops instead of granite.

-        Choose solar—There are many affordable solar choices available, and a home remodel is a perfect time to get started.

These are just a few of the many options available. How do you plan on making your remodel greener?

 

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