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Eco Friendly Home Improvements

By Eddie Gallese

Everyone is looking to make his or her house a little better for the environment. Making your home eco-friendly can be good for the planet and save you some money. It is true that green products usually come with an initial higher cost. However, they usually also save energy and thus save you money over time. There are a lot of basic measures that most people know about: switch your incandescent light bulbs for fluorescents and buy more new efficient appliances. But you can also reduce your carbon footprint when you do major remodeling.

Here are a few suggestions to make your home more eco-friendly, whether you are redoing your bathroom, your kitchen, or even your roof.

  • Install solar panels. This idea can seem intimidating to many people who consider solar panels to be futuristic and thus expensive. It is true that solar panels can come with a high initial cost, but they greatly reduce your monthly electricity payments and sometimes come with state incentives. Also, most people would be surprised to learn that you can buy used solar panels that work almost as well for a fraction of the price.
  • If you are building a deck, consider using composite decking. It is made from recycled wood and rubber products and thus is stronger than tradition wood and will not warp or crack.
  • Reinstall your windows. New windows are vastly more efficient. Also, consider tinting your windows which helps keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summer and protects your furniture from sun damage.
  • Always look at what type of paint that is being used. Most pain contains chemicals that are neither good for your health or the environment. Do your research.
  • If you live in a warmer climate change the color of your roof. Studies show that depending on the color your roof you attic may be receive much more heat than it needs to be.
  • Install more fans. Of course, ceil fans are useful in the summer for cooling off, but run them in the reverse in the winter and they are a good system for keeping hot air from accumulating on the ceiling.

If you have decided to do renovations on your house you are going to be spending a lot of money. You might as well do it right so that you save the environment and some cash in the long run.

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