Many home remodeling efforts take place in the summer and fall. Before you begin a home remodeling project, consider ways you can remodel to make your home more “green.” This can include everything from using eco-friendly products to improving energy efficiency. Being eco-friendly when you upgrade your house is one way to honor the Jewish principle of baal tashchit (not wasting). In addition to being a good steward to the environment, homeowners who go green in their remodeling efforts will often see more green in their wallets. Even the smallest green changes can have a positive economic effect.
Here are a few tips to help you get started as you plan your home improvements.
• A sealed home is a green home: Sealing air leaks, adding insulation and upgrading to energy efficient products like appliances, heating and cooling systems, tankless water heaters, low-emissivity glass for windows and doors will improve the efficiency of a home, making it more comfortable and reducing its carbon footprint through the reduction of energy used. Investigate heating and cooling companies and window installation companies that include green options. Better sealing in your home will keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and will reduce your heating and cooling bills while you help the planet.
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