Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Upgrade Your Home in a 'Green' Way

There are still many homeowners who are not in a position to make a move, nor interested in making a move. Not everyone who purchased a home planned on selling in five to 10 years. However, the last 10 years of our crazy real estate market somehow has taken the philosophy of buying a home and spending a lifetime in it and transforming it to more of a short-term “investment” opportunity.

Whether you are a long-term homeowner or a short-term investor, here are some ideas you may wish to consider for upgrading to “green” in home maintenance. And, whether you are replacing the roof, buying a new refrigerator, remodeling your entire home or just feeling guilty about those cans, bottles and compost items that don’t always make it into the appropriate recycle container, keep open the options you have.

A great and simple way to start is to replace your trash compactor with a pull-out or easy-to-use recycle center — ready for your cans, bottle, bags and even compost. Fruit and veggies (no meat) waste can go in your green barrel or in your compost pile for use in the garden. Make it simple, because let’s face it, if it is not convenient it is not going to work.

As springtime has arrived, you may be thinking that it’s time for a new roof. Did you know that there are reflective roof products available? Certain “qualified” roof products reflect more of the sun’s rays and can lower your roof’s surface temperature by up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your home. This can reduce the amount of air conditioning needed and reduce peak cooling demands!

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