Monday, June 13, 2011

Greening the Home

 -- Practical Home Improvement Tips for Making Your Home Green --

 * Guest article by Joe Langdon, a full-time Internet marketer. He also promotes an amazing BBC Iplayer proxy program which is an invaluable tool for surfing online safely and watching UK tv.


These days a great number of people are giving some thought to how they can live a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle, especially in their homes. It's usually the case that the most eco-friendly ways of improving your home are the best, and in addition to this you can also save money on your bills. In this article we'll be looking at some green ways to make improvements to your home. 

The first place that people want to change when remodeling their homes is the kitchen. This room is great as there are many green choices you can make here, from things like the fridge you buy to the counter tops you use. When deciding on which material to use for your counter tops you should consider something that's both natural and local, like porcelain tiles or stone, so that you can make a choice that's green. Also you should try to find out whether or not your kitchen appliances are up to date with the latest energy efficiency standards. The Energy Star logo will be on nearly all of the new appliances, so try and find it.

If replacing your floors is up for consideration, think about going eco-friendly in your flooring choice like cork or bamboo. Although bamboo is very much alike other established wooden floors, it is thought of as eco-friendly due to the fact it isn't endangered like many other types of wood are. Providing you with good insulation is cork flooring, and this can be very pretty as well. The ecological gain of cork is that they don't need to be sawed down because only their bark is used. Other natural and green possibilities for your floors include stone or ceramic tiles. Carpets can also be green, which means they are advantageous for your well being. Rugs that are created using natural fibers are less probably to stir up problems with your allergies.


Gardens and landscaping are a great place to practice green friendly living and improve the look of your home and its surroundings. Establishing trees around your property is an easy suggestion to save you energy and give you insulation from the wind during the winter and shade during the summer. A garden where you grow edible plants and vegetables is a great way to get nutritious foods into your diet and save money on groceries. When deciding what plants to have around your house, and even inside it, the most eco-friendly are those that are native to your region, as it will require less work to keep them healthy. Lastly, use natural choices when using bug spray to keep critters at bay from your garden plots.


As you continue to make green changes to your home you will see that it's not so difficult after all. You'll actually be much better off and things will be easier because you'll be more independent and you'll save money. To reap the benefits of solar panels and insulation you may need to pay an upfront fee. In the long run you will benefit financially from eco-friendly decisions.




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