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Ideas to start your green remodel

1.  High-efficiency appliances – are found in categories of clothe washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, ceiling fans, vent fans, heating & cooling, TV’s and windows.

2.  House wraps and Sealant systems – as a common practice for protecting a home from wind and water, installing a layer of a thin layer of spun-bonded polyethylene.  Great way to reduce energy costs and prevention of moisture from entering the walls of a home.

3.  Healthy paints – stemming from the use of “lead” in paints resulting to lead poisoning cases, paints are no all lead free.  To go the extra mile a “healthy paint” is that contains low or zero-VOC paint.  VOC is the principal ingredient in ground-level ozone, the key component to urban smog.

4.  Attic ventilation systems – specially designed to reduce the load on your air conditioner by removing super-hot air from the attic, helps lower temperatures in the summer.

For winter, when there is a build up of moisture from appliances, showers and cooking vapors, proper ventilation prevents the soaking of attic insulation and increases efficiency.

5.  Tankless / Solar water systems – save on energy costs, reducing the use of by 15% energy loss, for unused water sitting in a tank.  Tankless units can also last 10 years longer than traditional models.

Solar water heating heats your water tank using solar energy.  Initial payback period of 4-8 years, then the next 15-40 years are close to free of charge to heat your water.

Great ways to eliminate greenhouse gas for your home.

6.  Energy-efficient windows – consists of the entire window elements of reducing air leakage by caulking and weatherstripping around the window.   Energy Star sets performance rating criteria by climate.

Factors like “passive solar home design” or “low-e windows glazing” can help control solar heat gain and loss in heating climates.

7.  Color changing roof tile – in 2009, “Thermeleon” roof tiles were invented to assist in the heating and cooling for a home’s roof and attic area. In winter months, the tile turns black which allows the roof to absorb energy and effectively saves on heating costs. In the summer, the roof tiles turn white to reflect heat away from the structure resulting in cooler interior temperatures.


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