What’s Up with Green Remodeling?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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We all know how to recycle and buy renewable resources, but what about your remodeling project? How can you add a little green during home improvement without building a wind farm?

The easiest way to do some green remodeling is to look at energy usage and ask yourself a few questions:

  • How’s that heating bill treating you in the winter? The solution could be buying energy efficient replacement windows. It’s a no brainer, really. This is a home improvement investment, but it can keep you comfortable and reduce your energy usage for years to come. If you’re planning to buy replacement windows, do so before the home improvement tax credit ends December 31, 2010. Here’s an overview from Andersen Windows and details on what specifications the windows need to qualify.
  • How old is your water heater? If it’s 10 to 15 years old, you’re dealing with much less efficiency. The new ones are 10 to 20 percent more efficient. Just make sure it’s the right size. According to this Consumer Reports article, you can size a water heater to fit your square footage and layout.
  • What can you upgrade without footing the bill for a major remodeling project? Ask a plumbing contractor about faucets that use less water, dishwashers that clean better with less, tiles made from recycled glass…the list goes on.

Also consider these remodeling add ons:

  • A front loading washing machine. There’s no agitator to destroy your clothes and it senses your water needs based on the size of the load. The Daily Green has the scoop on the selling points of these washing machines.
  • An energy audit. This tells you how efficient your house really is and where to focus your home improvement efforts. Using the audit information, you can formulate a plan of attack. Here’s information from Energy Star on hiring a contractor or doing your own audit.
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  1. 2 Responses to “What’s Up with Green Remodeling?”

  2. plumbing contractor Toronto
    Jan 20, 2011

    Wow thanks for the awesome tips you shared with us! Im sure this is gong to be useful to all people who loves remodeling. Thanks!

  3. Jan 17, 2012

    With the right kind of ventilation system air quality can be improved greatly inside your home. Consistently changing the air filter in your HVAC system or adding a media filter will greatly improve particle quantities in your home. Replacing stale air which may hold allergens, natural and synthetic or toxic is important if your house becomes too tight. A BPI certified energy auditor can quantify the air flow in your home to determine if it needs mechanical ventilation. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens are extremely important.

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