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Why you should consider green when you remodel

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If older homes are remodeled to improve energy efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that it could save $20 billion on energy per year. Simple steps such as upgrade to energy efficient thermostats and appliances could lead to enormous energy savings for the nation. Here are some things you should know.

Indoor air quality
Air quality inside your home may have been compromised due to tobacco smoke, toxic fumes from cleaners you use and burning wood for pleasure or to heat the house. Approximately 15 million Americans are suffering from asthma and 26 million suffer from hay fever and other allergies due to poor air quality.

Energy conservation
Appliances based on new technology consume less energy than those were built many years ago. Upgrades will give you a new look and will be easy on your valet. The Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC) estimates that 20% of U.S. energy is consumed by housing. Remodeling will lower the energy consumption by 30 to 50%. Forests produce 40% of earth’s oxygen and building industry use 25% earth’s forest resources.

Resource conservation
Use recycled material and sustainable species.

Additionally, consider ways to reduce material waste and environment friendly products.

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