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10 Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement Ideas

May 27, 2013

Looking for environmentally friendly home improvement ideas for every room of the house? From painting that bedroom to clearing the clutter, here is our top ten list of ways you can take the extra step in creating an environmentally friendly home!

1. This one seems simple, but often forgotten. Replace all the standard light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent ones. Can’t afford to change all the bulbs at once? Make it your goal to convert to compact fluorescent bulbs each time a standard bulb needs replaced.

2. Did you know roof color matters? In fact, research shows that roof color and the type of material used can help to lower attic temperatures. Light colored tile roofs out perform the shingle ones when it comes to decreasing temperatures. If you are considering re-roofing your home, talk to your roofer about the benefits of white tile, which has properties that will help reduce heat gain to your attic.

3. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away billions of pounds of electronics each year. Help save our landfills from being filled with TV, computers, and cell phones by visiting the GoGreen Web Directory to find a recycling resource near you.

4. Don’t waste water around your home. Check your home carefully for leaky faucets and then repair them. Shorten your bathing time and install low flow shower heads to conserve water and your bill.

5. When choosing a heating and cooling system look for a high-efficiency HVAC system that is Energy Star certified.

6. When replacing your hot water heater consider purchasing a solar hot water heater or on-demand tankless version instead of a conventional model.

7. Consider using nontoxic paints and stains to minimize indoor air pollution and reduce contaminants in landfills and groundwater.

8. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats help conserve energy and your utility bill. Plus, you get the added benefit of cooler nights and warmer mornings without having to leave your bed!

9. Use natural floor coverings and carpets when redecorating the inside of your home. There are many options to choose from including bamboo, marmoleum, ceramic tile, cork and natural fiber carpeting.

10.Instead of buying new furniture, check out local used furniture stores to find items that are easy on your wallet and the environment, or consider new eco-friendly furniture options. Many treasures await!

What ideas do you have for an environmentally friendly home improvement ideas? Share them in the comments below!

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On the GoGreenWebDirectory.com you will find local eco-conscious businesses, will learn about green events in your community, and will connect to green living information and news. Rest assured that that those listed and advertising on the directory meet green standards for their type of business. While individuals should always ensure that the green businesses they support are taking acceptable measures, all of the businesses listed on GoGreen have been vetted.

GoGreen is the place to find hundreds of hand-picked green business listings that are local to you.

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