you are looking to do some do-it-yourself remodeling? Home remodeling project can be a fun and rewarding experience. You can test or enhance your handyman skills, try out these new tools, or go and buy more tools. You can show your creativity and mechanical skills, as well as his superior, and capacity planning. The completed project stands as a monument to his handyman skills. There is nothing as rewarding and satisfying as a well done remodeling project done with your own hands.
There’s another impetus for remodeling the project – to save the planet. Yes, you can be a “green” remodeler.
What exactly means “green”? Well, there are many sites and resources that provide information on this topic. In general, the “green” remodeler will to make choices that affect the following:
The Consumption Of Energy
Indoor Air Quality
Material Life Cycle
water consumption: the average household uses 11 litres of water per day. There are many opportunities to reduce water consumption with our interior remodeling options.
High-Efficiency Products. If you are looking to buy new equipment or replace old equipment, many products today are available with significantly lower water consumption. Dishwashers, washing machines and toilets all have a lower water consumption versions. It is not uncommon to see a 30% reduction of water consumption with these products.
Buy a Dishwasher: Studies show that using a dishwasher efficiently will use less water than hand washing.
Plumbing: Replace shower heads and faucets with low-flow fixtures. You will save water and not even notice the difference.
Repair Leaks: A dripping faucet or leaking toilet can waste 100 gallons of water; most of these repairs are very simple and low cost.
power consumption: the cost of Energy Consumption of Housing, close to 300 billion dollars per year in the united states. According to the Energy Information Administration total residential energy consumption is as follows:
Heating/heating – 29%
Air conditioning – 15%
Water heaters – 16%
Other Appliances and Lighting -33%
To do the remodeling, many times, is the purchase of new appliances, or even heating and cooling systems. General recommendations for green remodeling include:
the Purchase of Energy Star Products: Energy Star is a joint program between the U. S Environmental Protection Agency and U. S. Department of Energy. Products, such as HVAC systems, appliances and lighting to achieve an Energy Star Label have higher energy efficiency. Just replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs saves 75% of your lighting energy. Not to mention they last 10 times longer.
the Use sunlight for natural lighting and heating: If your remodel allows, consider designs and layouts that take advantage of natural sunlight for energy use. Then, energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights to help lower heating, cooling and lighting costs.
Improve the Insulation: the Largest R-value of insulation of attic and walls, more energy efficient windows and doors, as well as good old fashion caulking and sealing can reduce energy consumption and increase the comfort of your home
the Advanced Lighting and Environmental systems for the control: Use system that can be programmed to change the temperature settings to minimize energy use. Have motion sensors tied to dimmable lighting controls in your new lighting systems. Ensure that the low or non-use of meeting room uses a minimum amount of heating or air conditioning energy.
the turn off Your water Heater: Many houses still have the water temperature set at 140 F-150 F. This temperature is absolutely necessary for hygiene, and with the purchase of more efficient equipment and that you need to be to be able to get very good at 125 degrees F.
indoor: Paint, sealants and adhesives emit volatile compounds during application and curing and air-borne residues can remain long after the project is completed. Use no or low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCS), products to improve your indoor air quality.
all the areas in your home that have moisture are havens for mold, mold is toxic and should be removed by qualified personnel. Ensure that you eliminate the sources of moisture, penetration, and removal of water damaged materials, as part of your rebuilding.
Material: There are many options for the remodeler you want to use the “green” materials. The general criteria for green building materials is:
Recyclable? – Can the material be broken up and reused for other projects?
In The Long Term? – Materials that last longer than the typical materials. (Perfectly, it will be forever).
They are made out of recycled materials?
Was the manufacturing process environmentally friendly? It was, at least, the energy used and environmental impact is minimized? Were locally available materials used?
Is the packaging recyclable or biodegradable?
the Answers to the above questions is not always easy for the average do-it-yourselfer to arrive. Here are a few ideas for your planning materials.
check out the green “stuff” of websites and stores: There are a number of companies that are now specializing in green building materials. Even if you can’t even buy direct from them, you can do a little research and get lots of ideas on what you can use for your projects.
check out the products website: There are a number of materials that may not have the official green ratings or certifications. For example, manufactured stone or faux stone products that do not currently have a green rating, but you can still be eco-friendly. Go to the company’s website and check out their environmental policies.
the Wood: to use wood as a material that has the FSC seal of certification. This means that the wood has been treated and manufactured in a sustainable way. Wood that meets these criteria will have the FSC logo stamped on it.
the Color: Many colors are made of recycled colors. Also, consider cleaning instead of re-painting.
the Long-life Products check out the life expectancy of the product, sometimes for a modest cost increase, you can buy a product that lasts much longer. The perfect green material should last a lifetime. The purchase of products that will need to be replaced within 5 years is NOT green thinking.
Project-Generated Waste: One of the environmental impacts of all construction projects is the waste generated by the construction process. The use of the material in which the waste is recyclable or biodegradable is good, but careful planning and project management can significantly reduce the waste generated. Can excess materials be returned? Should the final color be a pint instead of a gallon? Do you plan and measure carefully to ensure that you no longer have to buy?
Why go Green? If you are wondering if you really want to go green in your remodeling project, you may want to consider the following:
We must all be responsible stewards of the valuable resources of the planet. If each of the more than 150 million households In the united states, just made a few changes, in general, have an impact on energy and the environment would be enormous. Global warming is a fact and our natural resources are limited.
reduce energy costs: The average home owner is spending about $ 2000.00 per year in energy. It is not reasonable to save 15% to 30% of your total cost, with only small improvements. In addition, future legislation from congress may raise taxes on energy use, so that your potential responsibility for living in a waste of energy in the home it would be able to increase.
the Value: Statistics start to indicate that green homes have a higher resale value. The “Greeness” of your home can be an important factor for the next buyer, this attribute is likely to increase in importance over the next ten years.
tax savings: The economic stimulus package, which is part of a series of federal tax incentives to save energy costs. Qualified products, which could result in tax relief of up to 30% of the cost of the product. See Energystar.gov for lists of products and estimated tax savings.
I Hope to just spend a little more time in research and planning, you can have the lifestyle enhancing benefits of your remodeling project, in addition to now have the joy of taking a small step in the direction of make your home more green.
If you want to get more information on green building, go to the usgbc.org and learn more about LEED -Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – green building project rating system.
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