So you wan't to go GREEN?
As everything from toothpicks to flashlights goes green, homeowners have become increasingly aware of limited resources and rising energy costs.
Maybe this is why the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
(NARI) has stated that remodelers can help lower those energy prices,
ease health concerns and reduce overall consumption by doing some green remodeling in your home.
Green Remodeling -- Sustainable Materials
Sustainable materials refer to resources that do not leave as harsh
of a carbon impact on the environment. Recycled products, renewable resources,
energy-efficient manufacturing and local availability are all ways to green your home with sustainable materials. Remember for interior design
and functionality you can always use salvaged and recycled materials. Connecticut is a great place for these types of shops.
For example, reclaimed wood from old houses and barns make an
interesting flooring design without cutting down more trees.
Bamboo is another great hardwood flooring resource, since it is not only incredibly durable and renewable but also beautiful. Recycled glass countertops,
used bricks, energy-efficient lighting and anything non-toxic are all great resources for green building and remodeling.
Green Remodeling -- Reducing Energy Costs
Remodeling a home for the greener can significantly cut down on your
energy bill every month. New insulation technology, like spray-in cellulose
is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled newspaper, sealing off homes from heat and cold.
Thermal solar energy is non-polluting, so consider capturing this plentiful
resource for space heating systems.
For those who really want to green their homes, try looking into solar paneling that will cut down immensely on your electrical bill.
Green Remodeling: Conserving Water
Look into energy-efficient appliances, washers, dryers, dishwashers,
showerheads and low-flush toilets to cut your water bill down
by reducing the amount of water you actually need. About 8,000 gallons of water in each household are wasted every year waiting for hot water.
Instead of turning on the tap, turn up the water heater. By doing a
little bit of remodeling, you can help take part in improving the environment,
reversing the effects of global warming and saving money in the end.
For more information on making your home, or home addition more energy
efficient and "green" contact Wells Construction today.
We can help within your budget for the ideal layout and construction you are looking for.
CALL US TODAY AT 203-909-6225
Here are 10 “green” things you can do that won’t crimp your style or your wallet:
Use recyclable cloth grocery bags instead of plastic – plastic bags take eons to degrade and can be harmful to wildlife. Cloth bags only cost you $1 and some grocery stores even give you a rebate every time you use them. Not only that but they fit more groceries, can be used over and over again for anything and are easier to carry!
Buy reusable coffee filters – you’ll never run out!
Put your kitchen scraps in a compost pile – you’ll have great organic fertilizer for your garden and be making good use of your scraps.
Use cloth kitchen towels instead of paper towels.
Buy used items – need a new sofa or TV? Try looking at your local consignment store or in the classifieds – you can get like new items for a fraction of the price and it keeps those items out of the landfill.
Don’t print – do you really need to print that out? Think hard before you print stuff on your computer – you’ll save a ton on ink and paper.
Get your news online – instead of getting a newspaper delivered to your house, just go online and read your local news. Almost every newspaper has webpage these days where you can get late breaking news.
Work from home – if your company allows it, try to work from home 1 or 2 days a week. You’ll be producing less carbon emissions and saving on gas (plus you’ll probably get a lot more done without your boss staring over your shoulder!)
Buy local – flying and trucking food all over the world creates a lot of pollution so if you have a local farmers market, try to support your local farmers and buy as much food as you can there. It will be healthier for you and the environment.
Turn down your water heater – most people have their water heater up too high – turn yours down to 120 degrees and make sure you but an insulating sweater around it. This will help it run more efficiently and save you on heating your water. For even more savings, insulate the pipes coming out of the water heater.
There’s plenty more you can do to help the environment but it can be
overwhelming to try to implement too many things at once. Try some of the
tips above and, once you have them structured into your daily routine take
on more green living activities – before you know it you’ll be living a
fully eco-friendly lifestyle!
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