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Tip: Building or Remodeling?

"Green" energy-saving materials can save you money! Building a new home or planning a remodeling project? If so consider using energy saving "green" materials.

  • You can reduce your cooling expenses by using lighter colored roofing material as the lighter colors absorb less heat.

  • For greater insulation use high-tech windows that have gas filler between layers, use composite framing material, or have a low-emittance glass coating.
  • Wall insulation with a higher R value lowers heating and cooling costs.
  • To reduce your lighting and heating bills you can install large south-faced windows.
  • To lower your utility bills you may think about installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems such as geothermal heat pumps and tankless water heaters.
  • Instead of using hardwood and chemically treated lumber in decks, trim and fencing use recycled plastic lumber and wood composite materials.

  • In the bathrooms use fixtures that use less water such as faucet aerators and shower heads that provide consistent pressure while using less water. As well as low flow toilets with auxiliary pumps for increased water pressure.

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