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A Good Place to Start: Top 15 Green Remodeling Projects
By Eric Corey Freed
 

If you don’t know where to start with your remodeling and you need some suggestions, the following projects will get the biggest bang for your buck and guarantee huge monthly savings when you're done.

Remove moldy carpet. Exposure to carpet mold is one of the leading causes of respiratory problems. Keeping your carpets clean and dry will prevent the growth of mold. Moldy carpets should be removed and the source of the water leaks fixed.

Install dual-flush toilets. In the average home, the toilet accounts for approximately 30% of household water. High-efficiency toilets use at least 20% less water than standard toilets. Dual-flush water-saving toilets save you money (about 20% on your monthly water bills) and reduce sewer loads, not to mention conserving water.

Install efficient windows. Windows are thermal holes. An average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows. Energy-efficient windows save money on heating and air-conditioning each and every month.

 

Install energy-efficient appliances. The typical household spends $1,400 per year on energy bills. And in this typical home, appliances account for about 20% of your energy bills. You can save a lot of money — including more than $400 per year on heating bills — with high-efficiency appliances such as Energy Star appliances.

Insulate your water heater. Most people tend to overlook the expense of heating water for their daily needs. But 25% of every dollar you spend on energy goes to heat your water. Insulated water heaters are more efficient. Using an insulated water heater, you can save $156 on water heating over the life span of the water heater, which is generally four years.

Install a low-flow showerhead. Inexpensive and easy to install, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption and your energy cost as much as 50%, without sacrificing water pressure. You could save $100 per year on water and energy costs.

Install natural insulation in your walls and attic. Natural insulation in walls, such as Thermafleece (http://www.secondnatureuk.com) and Warmcel 100 (http://www.excelfibre.  ....read more

 
 

 

 
 
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