In today’s world “go green” encompasses a more impactful meaning than it did even a few short years ago. As society moves toward a more eco-friendly mindset, you might think about how a more sustainable home can help your pocketbook and decrease your carbon footprint. Creating an energy efficient home is an investment. It involves a lot of initial planning and upfront costs. In the long run it should decrease overall energy consumption, improve your home’s comfort, and increase value and desirability at resale. Another benefit, some energy efficient upgrades also qualify for tax credits and reimbursement programs.
Insulating your home substantially increases it’s energy efficiency. Following is a very good article for those considering adding insulation to their home. Insulating Your Home Can Save You Money! – By Dan Chiras
December 2010/January 2011.
Window replacement isn’t always the most efficient or affordable solution to conserving energy and making your home more comfortable. The following article by Megan E. Phelps published in Mother Earth News titled Find the Best Energy-Efficient Window Treatments, provides some great alternatives.
DIYNetwork.com blogger Mick Telkamp shares some interesting ‘recipes’ for natural wood stains. Most of the ingredients are items you probably already have in your garage, kitchen, or garden. These non-toxic alternatives are creative and safe for you and your family. If anyone gives this a try, we would love to know how it worked for you!
Help bring awareness to the use, or lack of, pesticides in our yards and parks. Visit Washington Toxics Coalition to request your free yard sign, letting your neighbors know your yard and garden is pesticide free while bringing awareness to this important topic. You will also find a list of pesticide free parks where you and your family can relax and enjoy nature without worry of harmful chemicals.
Wood decks, fences, or natural wood-sided homes should be treated regularly. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives to using toxic products. Mother Earth News Green Homes blog post titled Safe Exterior Wood Finishes by Vicki Mattern, tells you how.
Dreaming of warmer days to play in the garden? Start saving wine bottles now to make colorful and useful borders for your garden beds or walkways. Plan now to make your wine bottle garden border this spring.