Friday, August 31, 2012

"Green" Choices for Home Renovations


All over the US, many home renovation projects are “Going Green”. Going green means efficiently using available resources while reducing waste and pollution. There are many “green” options for every home renovation.
Use more bamboo! Bamboo is beautiful, strong and durable. Bamboo grows very quickly making the environmental impact far less than that of traditional woods. Many bamboo products are available, including bamboo flooring, cabinets, fencing, furniture, and even counters. Many bamboo products are not any more expensive than their traditional wood counterparts.
Recycle when possible. Donate your old cabinets, doors, fixtures, and counters to the Restore, a store ran by Habitat for Humanity. Just by donating your old stuff, you are helping a great cause.  Metal roofing can be recycled, making it a good “green” choice, while shingle recycling is still not available in many places. Also, recycled glass counters can be a beautiful focal point for any kitchen or bath renovation.
Refinish when possible. For example, if your cabinets are real wood, they are still sturdy, but outdated; some new knobs, doors, and stain might be all you need to make them look amazing!
Replacing faucets & shower heads with low flow faucets & shower heads can greatly reduce the amount of water you use, and lower your water bill. These products have come a long way since they first hit the market and now many work even better than their traditional counterparts.
Replace your old toilets with low flow toilets. Toilets use more water than any other appliance in your house. If your toilet was made before 1992, it is probably a water guzzler and should be replaced. Also, Dishwashers built before 1994 can use up to 8 gallons more water per use than today’s energy efficient dishwashers.
Insulate and seal your home. Caulking gaps around windows, doors and between pieces of siding can reduce heat transfer and help prevent interior moisture. Many older homes lack adequate insulation, costing their owners hundreds of unnecessary heating and cooling dollars a year.
Replace old windows with Low-e dual pane windows. These insulated windows allow less transfer of heat, keeping your heating and cooling under control. In 2011, when you replace old windows with energy efficient windows, you are eligible to receive a tax credit of up to 10% of the cost, or $200.
Use low VOC interior paints. Paints containing VOCs release toxic gases inside your home. Most major brands have low VOC paint options with the same great quality at a slightly higher price. Also, replace vinyl shower curtains with a glass door or mold resistant cloth curtains. Vinyl curtains also release VOC’s.
For environmentally friendly  home renovations ideas to fit your plan and budget, please call us at (865) 202-8501

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