Monday, June 3, 2013

9 Earth-friendly Home Renovation Tips

Dallas Homeowners spreading green touches throughout the house


By now, most homeowners have heard about living green. They know that it’s more earth-friendly, but also better for their pocketbook in the long run.




Now, more homeowners are incorporating earth-friendly touches throughout their renovation and not just putting all their money into one earth-friendly feature.

Here are some popular ways that homeowners are sprinkling earth-friendly touches throughout their home:

Low VOC paints and adhesives. Homeowners are increasingly searching for paints and adhesives that come in recyclable containers and don’t emit such strong, toxic fumes and cause less environmental damage and create better indoor air quality. Same with indoor paint removers.

High efficiency windows. Window panes that are specially coated to keep in heat during colder months and to keep cooler air inside during warmer months. Sometimes, homeowners are choosing to move windows entirely to different locations to encourage natural lighting and natural breezes in conjunction with ceiling fans.

Replacing aging HVAC systems with newer models that can be customized with an owner’s preference.

Smart thermostats that can suggest or automatically set up a temperature based on a homeowner's living habits.

Optimizing natural light. Homeowners want to take advantage of natural lighting as much as possible, by installing large windows and skylights to make better use of sunlight and reduce their reliance on electricity.

Salvaged materials. Refinishing old cabinets or repurposing old materials to convert them into new pieces of furniture or decorative accessories.

Flooring. Using natural or recycled materials in flooring or hardwood flooring that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Energy-efficient appliances. Refrigerators manufactured before 1993 use twice as much energy as the latest models that are labeled with the “Energy Star.” Later models also offer the more modern stainless steel and oiled bronze finishes, in addition to configurations other than side-by-side freezer and refrigerator units.

Countertops and backsplashes. Using environmentally friendly materials, such as babmoo, recycled glass or others that that the Greenguard seal.



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