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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Quarterly Use
"Thinking Green" with Home Improvement
& Remodeling Projects

When it comes to home improvement and remodeling, many cost-conscious homeowners immediately start thinking of the "green" they will spend on their home improvement projects.  However, today even more homeowners are thinking of a different green--green building, that is! 

With souring energy prices and many states adopting stringent VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) regulations to prohibit the use of products that emit fumes that are harmful to the environment, green building, or environmentally-friendly building, has become a very hot topic for discerning homeowners.

In fact, many organizations, such as the U.S. Green Building Council have been formed to establish criteria for homeowners, remodelers and builders to better understand how they can incorporate green building products into their homes.   Their newly created Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is the first step in establishing a set of criteria for defining green products and green building.

So, for those upcoming home improvement projects, remember to THINK GREEN!  Here are a few green products or projects for you to consider:

  • Just as leaky faucets waste water, leaky ducts can account for 30 percent or more of wasted energy.  Dont let your money go out the window any longercaulking around your doors, windows, moldings, baseboards, and vents is an easy and inexpensive project.  Start by choosing a high-quality product that is VOC-compliant.  For example, Polyseamseal All Purpose Adhesive Caulk has a VOC level of only three percent.  Additionally, it provides a paintable, fast-drying, flexible, long-lasting seal in any weather.  For more information call (888) 445-0208 or visit www.polyseamseal.com.

  • Ready to add on that beautiful deck to host your next picnic or party?  Or maybe you just need to do some minor repairs?  When choosing the right adhesive for the job, be sure to choose one that is user-friendly, such as Loctite Exterior Power Grab construction adhesive. The latex-based formula of Power Grab emits no VOCs, while still providing an initial tack that is nine times stronger than traditional construction adhesives.  Plus, the versatile formula is easier to work with for interior applications since it has low odor, is paintable and can be cleaned up with water. For more information on Loctite brand products, call (800) 321-0253 or visit www.loctiteproducts.com .

  • Are you ready to replace your siding?  Two criteria that should be considered when choosing your siding material are the insulation value of the material and the maintenance.  While natural cedar siding may seem a green choice, the low insulation value and the regular paint or sealing maintenance may not make it the best choice.  Insulated vinyl siding, such as CraneBoard Solid Core Siding, from Crane Performance Siding is an energy efficient solution.  CraneBoard has foam backing behind the vinyl to provide an R-Value, or insulation value, of 3.0 - 4.0, which is significantly better than wood, fiber cement or traditional vinyl siding. Not only does the insulated siding help keep you cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter months; youll save money on your utility bills. For more information on Crane Performance Siding dealer nearest you, call (800) 366-8472 or visit www.cranesiding.com .

  • One of the most obvious ways to make any home more environmentally-friendly is to use less electricity.  The biggest culprits turning the dials on your electric meter are appliances and lighting.  While turning down the thermostat or using natural sunlight is one option, there is still another alternative to cutting electric bills.  Look for Energy Star appliances or switch incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to quickly reduce electricity demand.  In fact, with ENERGY STAR approved compact fluorescent lighting products from Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP) consumers it has been shown that homeowners can save up to 30 percent on their energy bills or more than $400 per year.  For more information, visit http://www.tcpi.com or call 1-800-324-1496. 

  • Time to replace your showerhead? According to greenbuilding.com, showers in the United States account for 18% of indoor water use and does it add up! For a family of four showering only five minutes a day, the 700 galloons of water used per week equals a three- year drinking supply for one person! To help make your water use more efficient, install a low flow, water-saving showerhead.  This new showerhead can reduce the amount of water flowing through the shower by up to 50 percent, but increases its velocity so the shower feels the same. This also saves hot water. You may even be able to avoid buying a larger water heater, should the need arise! For more information, visit your local plumbing distributor.

These are just a few ways to make your home a bit greener during your next home improvement project.  For more information about green building, visit www.greenbuilding.com or www.usgbc.org.

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