12 Tips for Green Remodeling

Green remodeling can be done in small ways and doesn’t necessarily have to encompass the entire home. It’s easy to pick and choose elements that fit each particular homeowner. The following can be used:

  1. Non-toxic paints and sealants
  2. Programmable thermostats
  3. Energy Efficient Appliances
  4. Natural flooring
  5. Local building materials
  6. Natural fiber rugs and fabrics
  7. Recycled material roof shingles and tiles
  8. Energy efficient lighting
  9. Insulated hot water pipes
  10. Tankless water heaters
  11. Quality insulation
  12. Native plants for landscaping
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  1. Joaquin Erazo, Jr. Reply

    Hi, Charles,

    Great ideas!

    We find that most of our homeowners try to incorporate at least one of the green remodeling features from your list. Some who pursued a truly green remodel used them all.

    Of particular popularity across the spectrum are tankless water heaters. Some homeowners choose them solely because they take up less space. Most appreciate that they can improve their energy efficiency around 25% (according to the US Department of Energy at http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=12820).

    – Joaquin

  2. harrisonburg architect Reply

    Tankless water heaters are a great option. I prefer the gas fired units over the electric based on durability. If you don’t have gas available, I would suggest a high performance hot water tank system that can be integrated with solar thermal.

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