Green Ideas for Every Home

Let’s face it, even if you aren’t planning a major addition or renovation, you probably have one or two (or ten!) smaller home improvement projects on your to do list. Every one of these offers the opportunity to make your home more green, whether it’s painting a bedroom or buying a new hot water tank.

One of the most significant things you can do is to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Many energy saving projects, such as increasing your attic insulation and weatherstripping doors and windows, are easy to identify. But what about other places you may have cold air coming in? How are your rim joists performing? Are all of your walls really insulated? You may want to get an evaluation by a RESNET certified energy rater to help you identify more ways to improve the efficiency of your home, which will make it more comfortable too!

Projects involving new flooring, cabinets, appliances, even furniture can benefit from considering indoor air quality, sustainability, and life cycle cost. You can find more information on green choices for your home at the websites below.

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National Geographic Environmental Green Guide
This site is sponsored by the National Geographic Society

Green Home Guide

www.neogbc.org/index.php?id=30
Site of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Coalition

www.thegbi.org/why-build-green/residential
Site of the Green Building Initiative, an associate of the National Home Builder’s Association

www.natresnet.org/consumer
Site of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

I’d like to talk with you about how we can make your home more “green”. You can contact me at hallie@newleafhomedesign.com or by calling 330.329-6901.