Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Greening Your Life: Building and Home Improvement

With developers and manufacturer's working to create and produce sustainable products for consumers, it is becoming easier than ever to create and remodel your green dream home.

In addition to the tips below, one of the most useful tools for green building and home improvement is this Green Home Guide, created by the U.S. Green Building Council. How green you make your home is entirely up to how willing you are to adjust your lifestyle.

  • If you are planning to build a new home, think smaller. Smaller homes are more energy and cost efficient to heat and keep cool.
  • If you are building or renovating a home, check out salvage yards and antiques stores for used building materials and fixtures. They can be a great source of inexpensive and vintage items.
  • Use water-based paints instead of oil-based paints. Water-based paint is less hazardous, dries faster, saves time and eliminates the need for chemical solvents for cleanup.
  • Before discarding empty latex paint cans, leave the top off and allow the remaining paint to dry completely. Latex paint is not hazardous once it has solidified.
  • Source green building materials. Choosing lower-impact products for home-improvement projects can reduce toxins in the home and environment, reduce waste and preserve natural resources.

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