Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

6 ways to "green" your home:

Improve the energy-efficiency of your home by selecting energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Create an energy-efficient building envelope by using superior insulation in your walls, foundation and roof, in addition to high performance windows and doors.

Consider an alternate energy source for your home, such as geothermal or photovoltaic systems. Take advantage of the tax credits that encourage the use of these systems.

Reduce water demand by selecting water-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances, and by collecting and storing rainwater on site for landscape use.

Consider the source and impact of materials in your home. Use salvaged materials whenever possible and consider the life cycle of a product. Quality construction and low maintenance products reduce impact on our landfills.

Improve the indoor air quality of your home by selecting materials and finishes with low emissions and VOC's. Proper ventilation and humidity control are also critical.

Text by Jennifer Hilla Schlag, AIA