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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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Unusual Homes for Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinets need blocking to securely attach to the walls

Kitchen cabinets are beautiful when they’re new and they’ll last for many years but someday you may want to reconfigure your kitchen or update your kitchen cabinets to look more stylish.

Your first decision is whether to reuse your existing kitchen cabinets by keeping the wood frames and replacing just the front pieces (learn more about kitchen cabinet construction) or you can replace all the cabinets.

Here we’re going to explore the different ways you can recycle your kitchen cabinets, so we’re assuming you’ll replace them. In fact kitchen cabinets are one of the most popular home features to recycle because they’re... 

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Tips for Recycling CFL Bulbs

Compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs are gaining in popularity as they use 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs. It is also easy to convert to CFLs. You simply replace old light bulbs in your existing light fixtures, with new CFLs.

However CFLs contain mercury which makes their disposal more challenging. Home Depot has announced a CFL recycling program. Bring unbroken CFLs in a plastic bag and place in one of the designated brigh orange collection units. Home Depot will coordinate the packaging, transportation and recycling of your CFLs.

To clean up a broken florescent bulb (EPA recommended steps):

Before cleaning up,... 

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