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How To Make Your Home More Green Through Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement is a huge industry in the United States. More recently, home improvement has taken a more green turn. Many people now make home improvements designed to make their homes more energy efficient. This can significantly lower your home heating and energy payments. By following these simple tips, you can make small green renovations to your home, and drastically improve how your home interacts with the environment.

Tip: Try installing new light fixtures as a means to improve your kitchens and bathrooms. Track lighting can appear dated and should be changed out in favor of more modern fixtures.

Ensure your attic, walls, and attached garages are all insulated well. This is particularly important, as it will prevent heat from escaping into the environment. When heat can escape from your house, your heating system has to continually work to keep the house heated. This is a colossal waste of energy, and can be a big waste of money, too.

Tip: If you need to repair areas of a home where heavy furniture is placed, perform the repairs before you move in. Small projects such as updating a bathroom, finishing a basement or changing the paint color can be accomplished later after moving in.

Install a heating system that is more efficient. If you have oil heat, you are not only burning oil and producing emissions, but you also are paying to transport the oil to your house from the refinery. Consider using electric heat, or another heating system that you can pinpoint to a more local source.

Tip: Use a pressure washer in combination with detergent that is well suited for whatever siding is on the outside of your house. You can rent a pressure washer at most home improvement stores, and it can be a very effective way of making your house look new and dirt free.

Add solar panels onto your roof, if you have enough start up money. If you decide to go with solar panels, be sure that you choose a company that is reputable and looks a if it has a good reputation. If you choose a company that is not reputable, you may be disappointed with the way the panels turn out. Also, these companies may not last as long, and when you need your panels serviced, they will not be available to do it.

Tip: Incorporate everything that comes to mind in your project budget. Any additional expenses can start adding up and quickly eat into your budget.

Replace old window with double or triple pane windows. These will better trap heat from the sun, and make it less likely that your windows will let heat from your house outside.

Repaint your walls with paint that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOC). These are better for the environment, and the atmosphere.

Install a rainwater collection system that will gather rainwater for other uses like watering plants

Tip: When you have your home improvement goal firmly set, it's worth your time to hit the Internet and look for "how to" videos that apply to your specific situation (right down to the model numbers of appliances that are involved). Because of the large number of Internet users, there is a very good chance someone has already done a job like yours and posted something about it.

Fit your bathroom with short-flush toilets. Particularly popular in other countries like New Zealand, the short-flush option use less water to clear away waste. There is also a button for a regular flush, which allows for the normal strength flush.

Tip: When installing tile onto a floor, shower, tub, or anywhere where will be moisture, remember to install a cement backer board. This prevents moisture from seeping to the drywall and damaging it.

Consider installing an under-the-counter recycling bin at your house if you also have an under-the-counter trash can. If you have the space and the desire, you can also utilize an under-the-counter compost bin for food waste, which will allow you to separate your garbage into more useful categories.

Tip: It is extremely important that you check with your local ordinance regarding any specific codes or regulations that must be obtained before you begin heavy demolition, plumbing, etc. Your local city council or a general contractor can tell you what permits are necessary.

You can also consider installing a garden in your yard, to reduce the amount of energy that goes into your food, and utilize compost to cut down on the trash your produce per week.

Many people look to be more green in their everyday lives, and there is no method better than utilizing green technology in your home remodels. By following these simple tips, you can implement new, environmentally friendly technology in your house, and change the way you live in a way that is commensurate with your environmental values.

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