Going green with your roof

Posted on May 18, 2017

Make sure your roof needs replacing, rather than less costly repair or maintenance. Your Roof should be inspected annually for signs of deterioration or damage. Inspections can Be coordinated with regular roof and gutter cleaning. Keep in mind that roof surfaces Damage easily (especially asphalt shingle in hot or cold weather), so minimize foot traffic. And always exercise extreme caution when on the roof or a ladder. Consider both the visual inspection and age of your roof when determining whether it’s Time to replace or repair. Look in the attic for signs of moisture damage, and try to Determine the source of leaks. Often, the culprit is failed or improperly installed flashing In especially vulnerable areas.

These include:

Penetrations in the roof, such as skylights and roof vents, Roof valleys, and areas where the roof changes slope, Previously repaired...

Going green with your kitchen remodel

Posted on May 18, 2017

Lights & appliances

It’s estimated the average kitchen accounts for 20-40% of a home’s total energy bill. If Your refrigerator and dishwasher are more than 10 years old, you can most likely reduce Your utility bills by replacing these appliances with high-efficiency models. There’s an Initial investment with upgrading old appliances, but chances are you’ll appreciate the Resulting superior performance and lower utility bills. Another money-saving trick is to size your appliances to your needs. Dishwashers and Refrigerators operate most efficiently when they’re full. If your old fridge or dishwasher is Consistently only half full, consider smaller models. Also, the style of refrigerator can Actually affect energy use. In general, models with the freezer on the top use up to 25% Less energy than comparable side-by-side refrigerator/freezer models. Good ventilation is a key...

Going green with your floor

Posted on May 18, 2017

There are several flooring materials you can choose that come from renewed or renewable sources. These options are easy to maintain and beautiful. Their protective coatings make them perfect for flooring

Cork has not been used widely during the past thirty or so years. Before that, cork was a very popular flooring material, especially in areas where quiet and comforts were important considerations. Cork comes from the bark of a tree in the beech family. Because it can be harvested in nine to eleven years, it is considered a rapidly renewable resource. Because the cork is taken from the bark, the trees can be re-harvested for many years (unlike mosthardwood trees which are completely used at once).cork is available in planks and tiles. These are treated using new technologies with several coats of an acrylic that can be cleaned by routine sweeping or...

Going green with your bathroom remodel

Posted on May 18, 2017

Going green with a bathroom remodel is a major consideration today for many homeowners. A green bathroom remodel isgoodfor the environment, but it is also good for you because it will save you money on utility bills for years to come. It also might qualify for some rebatesand tax credits. The main opportunities to make your bathroom remodel environmentally friendly are in water conservation and in use of energy for heating/cooling and lighting.

We will use non-toxic building materials. These materials are better for your family and good for the environment. We will use non-toxic insulation derived from materials like soybean or cotton. These are safer to handle andinstall, safer for your family, and good for the environment. We will use tropical hardwoods. These are rapidly renewable and protect the environment. Wood-based features should come from rapidly renewable sources like...

Going green with a new solar system

Posted on May 18, 2017


Many of the benefits of solar energy are obvious — it provides clean power without burning fossil fuels, electricity-generating costs are pegged to a low, fixed rate (or potentially eliminated) and power from solar panels is generated most efficiently at peak times (when electricity is needed most). But there are other benefits, too. A photovoltaicsystem is also a sound financial investment with very low risk, and increases the value of your home dramatically. It all adds up to good news for your electricity rates, your home equity and a greener economy. It’s a win-win, no matter what moves you.

When you choose solar energy, you: Secure your energy independence and own your power! Lock in your electricity rates for 25 years or more — utility company rates have been steadily increasing by about 6.7% a year, with a 30% jump in the last three years alone...