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The right home improvement products, techniques, and services:
Contractors, home improvement stores, and specialty shops in your area may not yet have a complete familiarity with the 'green' opportunities, products, system integration, and overall savings potential. So, you may get some resistance, since people in general are typically more comfortable recommending something that they are already familiar with rather than something new. To help break the inertia, use the information across this website like our Return on Investment Master ROI Table. Also feel free to post a question in our forum on the message board about a particular need for your home relative to your area. Our team has spent multiple years aggregating research from public and private sector performance reports and from manufacturers and homeowners across the country in order to provide you with the perspective you may need to see the initial payback and long term advantages. Environmental enthusiasts and leading institutions like the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Realtors, see the value and link into our resources to support their members.
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Make sure to consider the latest Home Improvement products and services. If you are doing the work yourself or planning on working with a home improvement contractor use this checklist below as a guide to review and ask questions about the preferred products, details, and installation techniques related to:
Home Insulation Overviews:
Energy Star Insulation, Existing Home Insulation, How Home Insulation Works, and New Home Construction Insulation.
When it comes to selecting the right insulation for the different areas of your house, there are typically several options for each situation. Consult with a professional in your area to see what is best for your property and your home. Get free bids and recommendations from at least two or three installers. If the R value and type of insulation recommendations do not match up, then get additional bids until there is some consensus on the best path for your home and your budget. There are obviously multiple ways to 'skin a cat' but there is usually one or two solutions that make the most sense, and you want the right insulation. The 'green' factor and energy savings over multiple seasons and years should also play into your decision in your insulation choices. Consider recycled materials like shredded blue jeans that save the landfill, reduce toxic off-gassing, and keep your family comfortable.
Home Improvement Basics:
When it comes to home improvement basics, look for interior home improvements like creating a clean, safe, and healthy home through sustainable 'green' furniture, home décor, zero VOC and Interior Paint, plus ENERGY STAR Appliances and Electronics. For energy and utility savings you can focus on insulation and air sealing, windows, doors, lighting and skylights, water saving plumbing opportunities, and high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems. On the outside of your house, look for exterior home improvement opportunities through landscape design and gardening plus solar energy, wind and other power sources. If you are undertaking a major home renovation, an additions, or building a new home, then take the lead to 'go green' in as many ways as possible to save money and the environment.