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Jun122015

Improving Your Home In An Eco-friendly Manner

Green home improvement simply means making changes to your home that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible. This will actually help you keep your energy costs down, although sometimes you have to invest some money into these projects at first. Below are some simple ways to make your home more eco-friendly while you're making improvements.



Whilst considering what improvements you might make to your home, please take a few minutes to consider some important safety factors. Make sure that your home has a sensible number of WORKING and REGULARLY TESTED smoke alarms fitted. If you are doing construction work within your home then why not take the opportunity to fit properly constructed fire doors on landings, kitchens etc. Modern fire doors have many great designs including glazed and semi-glazed models but much more importantly they all give at least 30 minutes protection from fire and smoke, giving anybody inside the house sufficient time to escape to safety.



Usually the large appliances in your home use up the most power, so replacing them is essential if you want to make some big changes. Your washing machine, refrigerator and dryer are usually what uses the most power. The newest models use energy efficiently which is why you should consider replacing any older models you have. If you do want to buy a new refrigerator make sure it's just standard, otherwise you'll end up using more power because of all the additional features it has. If you plan on buying a new washing machine and dryer you should consider going for a combo unit because it'll not only use up less energy but it'll use up less space too. This will look better as well as reduce your energy costs.



If replacing your floors is up for consideration, think about going eco-friendly in your flooring choice like cork or bamboo. While bamboo is akin to multiple types of wood flooring, it is regarded as friendly to the environment due to the fact it is not in jeopardy as many of the other woods are. Cork floors are also a good choice, as this can be quite attractive and also provides good insulation. The benefit to the environment is that cork only makes use of the bark on the tree, so it doesn't need to be taken down. Options for other eco-friendly choices are ceramic or stone tiling. If you use carpets, these can also be eco-friendly, which can also mean that they're healthier as well. When natural fibers are used in carpets; you have less of a chance to have problems with your allergies.



Your energy bill will be less if you heat it up your home in an efficient manner. If you have a fireplace, it may look like a nice, old fashioned way to keep your room warm and toasty, but it's actually one of the least efficient ways to heat your home. But, there are things called fireplace inserts that can switch things around so they are in your favor, so if you do own a fireplace have a look. Additionally you can try to heat up with a pellet stove. A pellet stove burns corn pellets. You can save money with this alternative because the price of oil just keeps on going up. Your home's insulation is the big decider when it boils down to how energy efficient your home is.



There are a vast number of methods for making your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. When you get into this mindset you will discover that thinking up of creative ways of being green is very easy. Fortunately, many of the practices that are good for the planet can also help you live more economically and comfortably.

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Jun122015

Eco Friendly Home Improvement Tips

Today, many people are thinking about ways to live a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and these principles can definitely be applied to home improvement. When trying to think of ways to make your home look and feel better you will probably come across eco friendly ideas, as they tend to be the best. In this article we'll be looking at some green ways to make improvements to your home.



Whilst considering what improvements you might make to your home, please take a few minutes to consider some important safety factors. Make sure that your home has a sensible number of WORKING and REGULARLY TESTED smoke alarms fitted. If you are doing construction work within your home then why not take the opportunity to fit properly constructed fire doors on landings, kitchens etc. Modern fire doors have many great designs including glazed and semi-glazed models but much more importantly they all give at least 30 minutes protection from fire and smoke, giving anybody inside the house sufficient time to escape to safety.



One of the least difficult things to do is painting the interior or anterior of your home, and you can concentrate on accomplishing this in an eco-friendly method. By using an eco-friendly paint, you can be sure that you won't be polluting the environment. Some types are latex paint that is recycled, and paint that has a base of clay or milk. It is pretty simple to lay hands on recycled latex paints in numerous colors, and home improvement and hardware stores will typically have them. Keep in mind that working with this paint type could protect the Earth as well as your health, because you have to inhale and exhale the oxygen in your home and the natural paints do not have the probable poisonous chemicals that other kinds could have. Allowing light into your residence, windows can also be decorative and importantly used for insulating and retaining heat. As a matter of fact, your heating bills are greatly affected by the type of windows you have. Buying windows that are double or triple paned, could bring about a home that is more efficient in terms of energy. Reducing your heat loss by close to fifty percent is possible when coating your windows with Low-E (low emissivity). Although it is expensive in the beginning to replace your existing windows with ones that are more energy efficient, this will save you money over time. And you will find the winters more tolerable.



The way you heat your home will naturally have a lot to do with your energy costs, and there are more and less efficient ways to do this. If you have a fireplace, it may look like a nice, old fashioned way to keep your room warm and toasty, but it's actually one of the least efficient ways to heat your home. However you should look into fireplace inserts as they can change this around. Another heating possibility worth considering is a pellet stove, which burns wood or corn pellets. This is a much cheaper option when compared with conventional heaters. The most important thing when being energy efficient, regardless of how you heat your home, is your insulation.



Accomplishing a makeover in your house that is green can be good for energy conservation as well as being fun. A homes worth can be added to if you ever want to sell your house. There are a ton of methods to help your dwelling be more environmentally friendly but we have limited space to mention all of them, don't allow that to discourage you from studying more and concluding what is your best bet.

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