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Going Green: Exterior Paint

Painting and staining are often overlooked when it comes to green remodeling, especially when it comes to exterior projects. After all, a green exterior paint job isn’t going to improve a home’s energy efficiency, cut energy costs, or reduce fossil fuel consumption. On the other hand, going green is just as much about creating healthier…

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Bamboo fence

Go Green with Bamboo Fence

Bamboo fence is one of the most up and coming, durable, and green fencing materials available to homeowners today. It comes in slats, rolls, and can be grown naturally, making it one of the most attractive, and environmentally friendly, fencing materials on the market. Bamboo Fencing Styles There are a number of bamboo fencing materials…

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Green Driveways, Patios, Walkways, & Floors

It may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but there is plenty of room to go green with driveways, patios, walkways, and interior floors that are constructed of brick, stone, or concrete pavers. Ranging from green strategies for more livable outdoor areas to green solutions that are healthy for the environment, here’s a collection…

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Xeriscaped yard

Xeriscaping: The Low-Water (Low-Effort) Landscaping Solution

Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping that reduces the need for consistent watering. Xeriscaping and other low-water landscaping designs are popular in areas that have minimal rainfall and limited water sources. Low-water landscaping favors drought-tolerant plants, but it doesn’t have to appear barren and arid. Depending on where you live, you can xeriscape your yard…

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Metal siding

6 Environmentally Friendly Siding Materials

Home automation, energy-efficient appliances and consistent recycling are great ways to green the inside of your home. But what about the outside? With more homeowners looking for ways to go green, the interest in environmentally friendly siding is growing. Here are six types of home siding that will protect your home and the environment. 1….

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heat pump controller

Geothermal Heat Pump Maintenance: 5 Simple Tips

Geothermal heat pumps are becoming popular among homeowners for their limited-maintenance construction and ability to lower utilities. If you currently have a geothermal heat pump or are considering adding one to your home, use these five steps to ensure your system remains in good shape. #1 Professional installation. It’s important to find a trustworthy HVAC…

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Recycled Glass Countertops

Recycled Glass Countertops – Sustainability & Strength

Countertops need to be tough and durable, especially in the kitchen. When you think of glass, however, tough and durable aren’t usually the first attributes that come to mind. Though it might look phenomenal, it is difficult to imagine glass as being strong enough to withstand the rigorous life of an everyday kitchen. Strength and…

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Green kitchen

Green Kitchens

Green is the most recent catchword in the home improvement industry, a synonym for all things new, innovative, and environmentally friendly. It’s an interesting development, especially when you consider that the color green isn’t exactly a stranger when it comes to kitchens. Take fried green tomatoes, for instance. This southern tradition has been around as…

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Green building

Green Building Glossary

Abatement: Reducing or removing any kind of pollution. Agricultural Bi-products: Products developed in agriculture but are not a primary product. This is often converted into building materials, such as straw used in wall panels or entire bales used as building blocks. Agricultural Fibers: Natural fibers, such as cotton, often used as insulation materials. Air Quality…

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Bamboo Floors

Bamboo Flooring – Good For the Environment & Your Budget

When remodeling floors, many people immediately think of traditional hardwood planks. This is a great idea: they’re classy, beautiful, and add value to your home. However, they’re also expensive and tough on the environment. So, though traditional hardwood is a great option, there is also a new material on the market that has been gaining…

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