Mar 152010
 

When the warm weather finally gets here, many people like to fix up their homes, making them more energy efficient and eco green. By making our homes more environmentally friendly, we are investing in our future. There are so many ways to invest money in your home, so I will list the 10 most popular. Please make sure that you recycle, reuse and renew where you can, so you are not contributing to our landfills needlessly.

  1. Installing a Low Flow Toilet, is one of the first things people start with, when making improvements to their home. Consider a dual flush, low flow toilet, so you are conserving more water with every flush. Low flow faucets are good for conserving water too, so try to do both at the same time.
  2. Rain Barrels are very inexpensive and great for conserving water for your garden. If you can find one with a copper lining, it will help cut down on the bacteria that can collect in rain barrels. Remember if you live in a cold climate, to drain it, and store it in the garage or garden shed.
  3. Painting your place is one of the fastest and easiest ways to liven up and change the feel of your home. Look for paints that are labelled No VOC’s or Low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) so you are not polluting your indoor environment. Check with your local hardware store, and ask lots of questions to ensure you are getting an earth friendly product.
  4. Solatubes are installed on the roof of your home, and connected to any room in your home. They are lined with spectralight infinity which is a highly reflective material that bounces the daylight down the tube into the room. Many people install solatubes in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and even bedrooms, as it is a great way to add some natural day light and warmth to a room.
  5. Electricity consumption can be trimmed back with a Master Switch that turns the power off to all your home’s appliances with a flick. They have split receptacles that allow necessity appliances like an alarm clock to maintain the time, without cutting the power to it.
  6. Properly insulating a home will make you more comfortable in cold weather, and can easily save you money on your heating bills. Consider insulation made from recycled denim that is treated with benign borax to make it fire retardant. It can easily be cut with a sharp knife, which makes it a great handy man project.
  7. Heat loss through windows is another area that we should all be looking at. Consider windows with Low E insulating glass options to keep your home more comfortable. Low E is a thin, transparent metallic coating on the inside surface of the insulating glass, which permits visible light to pass through and reflects the ultraviolet rays, which usually fade the interior floor coverings, drapes and furnishings.
  8. Radiant Floor Heating is great for heating a home, and if a room is not in use, you can turn off the heat to that room. You have a choice of two types of radiant heat – electric or hydronic. Electric is the least efficient heating source, but is the choice for locations without gas. Electric radiant heat can be retro fit to existing homes with little effort. Hydronic is great if you are building a home as it takes more planning and can be more expensive.
  9. Eco green kitchen renovations usually bring in large profits when selling your home, so do your homework before you invest your money. There are many variables when it comes to products, so look for low or no VOC paint, environmentally friendly flooring, cupboards, and counter tops that fit your budget. Depending on where you live can determine what is available for eco green products. Here are a few that I found – recycled glass for counter tops, salvaged wood or bamboo for cupboards, and bamboo, rubber, cork for your flooring.
  10. Many people dream of getting of the electric grid, and putting their savings towards paying off their mortgages. Solar panels provide clean energy, and are classified as renewable energy. Your average Solar Panels are photovoltaic (PV) systems. They convert sunlight directly into electricity. Depending on where you live, and how much sun your part of the country receives, if there are extreme weather conditions, and how much energy your family requires, will determine how much solar panels will cost.

    You need to install your solar panels on the most southern facing spot of your roof, unimpeded by shade, where the solar modules can be angled above the horizon. It is important to note that homes that have renewable energy, sell faster and for more money then homes that are completely on the grid.

There are several other things you can do to become more environmentally friendly, depending on where you live. If you don’t already have a recycling bin, then that is another really simple thing to set up and start using. Organic vegetable gardens are always popular, and if you live in an apartment, consider a container garden for tomatoes and herbs. I have a combination of both, and grow my lettuce in pots on my patio, with carrots in a flower bed, and my squash vegetables in the back yard, where they get lots of sunlight.

For more information on any of these topics, please purchase “Simply Going Green In 3 Years or Less”, which provides you with links to products and government grants available in your area, which you may qualify for.

Kaayla Canfield is the author of “Simply Going Green In 3 Year or Less”, which you can purchase at http://www.simplygoinggreen.ca This book is written in an easy to use format, which is presently being used by home owners, schools and businesses throughout North America.

Author: Kaayla Canfield
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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Kaayla Canfield

  2 Responses to “Top 10 Eco Home Improvements”

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  1. “Hydronic is great if you are building a home as it takes more planning and can be more expensive”

    More expensive is only initial investment, on long term it is cheaper.

     
  2. Toilets account for approx. 30% of water used indoors. By installing a Dual Flush toilet you can save approx. 40% of water being flushed down the toilet, compared to a standard, modern 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush) model. If your toilet has been installed prior to 1994, you are using 3.5 gallons or more each single flush. The water savings you can achieve by upgrading to a Dual Flush toilet are substantial. By reducing your water usage, you are also reducing the cost of your water bill!!
    If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I highly recommend installing a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. They offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. On an average of 5 uses a day (4 liquid/ 1 solid) a Caroma Dual Flush toilet uses an average of 0.96 gallons per flush. The new Sydney Smart uses only 1.28 and 0.8 gpf, that is an average of 0.89 gallons per flush. This is the lowest water consumption of any toilet available in the US. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the 1980’s and has since perfected the technology. With a full 3.5″ trap way, these toilets virtually never clog. All 47 floor mounted models are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s (High Efficiency toilets) http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_het.htm and qualify for the various toilet rebate programs available in the US. They are available in round, elongated, regular height and ADA compliant “chair height” in white and biscuit. Please visit my blog http://pottygirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/what-you-should-know-about-toilets/
    to learn more or go to http://www.caromausa.com to see where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/howto.asp to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only. Best regards, Andrea Paulinelli, owner ecoTransitions Inc.

     

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