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Green Home Improvements

green home improvements are easy & help the environment

When remodeling your home it’s better to think long term rather than focusing on what’s the hottest style. Styles change faster than you can blink an eye, but reliable, sustainable materials can improve the look and feel of your house AND increase the value of your home.  There are many green home improvements you can make with environmentally sound materials.

It takes careful consideration to figure out what eco-friendly materials will suit your lifestyle and your home. Not every green material will be a fit. You need to evaluate what needs to be replaced, what materials are available and which ones will... 

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Shopping for Green Products

lots of discussion about green products

Everyone’s talking about green products but what are they really? The concept is pretty simple – if we make more conscious decisions and consider the impact of our decisions, we can reduce (or eliminate where possible) our impact on the environment. The impact varies from using less energy, less water fewer pollutants and greater availability of natural resources that can be replenished quickly.

When we build green homes and live green lifestyles, we’re reducing the impact we have on the environment so our children, and our children’s children will have a better world to live in.

It’s hard when we’re at the... 

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What are the Pros and Cons of Eco-Friendly Cork Flooring?

Cork flooring has become popular in recent years as an eco-friendly alternative in home building and remodeling.  It’s been touted as sustainable, natural, and comfortable.  So what’s the real deal on cork?

Cork used in flooring for commercial and residential purposes comes from the bark of cork trees, which naturally shed bark, although cork flooring material is hand-harvested from the trees.  Cork oak trees, found mostly in Southern Europe in Western Mediterranean countries, are protected by harvesting regulations to save the trees, which live for up to 500 years.   Since the tree is not destroyed in the harvesting process, that means... 

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Finding Energy Star Promotions

Just a quick note to let you know there’s a cool government web site that will help you find special promotions that match your zip code and the type of appliance you’re looking to purchase.

Special Offers/Rebates from Energy Star Partners

To use this program, just click on this Energy Star link and … type in your zip code and check the product(s) you’re planning to buy. I did this for refrigerators and here’s the report I got back. The types of products included here:

Appliances Fans Heating and Cooling Equipment Home Electronics Home Envelope, i.e. things like insulation Lighting Products Office Equipment Residential Water Heaters

 

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