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  • Eco-friendly Swaps for Every Room in the House

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate, Going Green, Design & Decor  |  August 13, 2012 6:24 PM  |  125 views  |  No comments

    While tenants may be limited to changes they can make to the home they are renting, there are many ways homeowners can make almost every room in their home more eco-friendly.

    In the bathroom, homeowners can exchange standard showerheads for low-flow options that reduce the amount of water used per minute. This not only helps lower the cost of water usage, but also energy, as water heaters won't have to work as hard. Homeowners looking for major savings can also swap out their toilet for a more modern and efficient model that uses less gallons of water per flush.

    There are many upgrades homeowners can make in the kitchen to make their home more eco-friendly. When investing in appliances, make sure they are energy-efficient to help reduce utility bills. Low-flow faucets can also replace standard ones to help waste less water when washing dishes and cleaning.

    In bedrooms, families can make investments in bedding that is organic while higher quality products also tend to last longer and are better for the environment.

  • Summer Home Improvements Worth Making

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Design & Decor  |  May 13, 2012 5:12 PM  |  108 views  |  No comments

    Home improvements can be expensive, so homeowners should be sure the upgrades they choose to make will not only be useful but also increase their home's value. MainStreet.com offers advice on what improvements are worth making this summer.

    According to the source, building a deck can be a great investment, making the most of a home's square footage while also providing plenty of space for entertaining throughout the warmer months of the year. The site notes that a composite deck can stand the weather and get around 66 percent resale value. A wood deck costs less and may allow homeowners to get back around 72.8 percent of what is spent on the improvement.

    An outdoor kitchen can also be a great option for homeowners living in California and increase the value of homes for sale in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. Since fenced-in outdoor areas can be included in California homes' square footage, this addition can increase a home's resale value greatly. MainStreet notes that the more fixtures homeowners add, the more value their home should have when listed for sale.

  • Tips On Going Green In The Bathroom

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, Going Green, Design & Decor  |  February 10, 2012 10:52 AM  |  127 views  |  No comments

    Homeowners who are looking to be more eco-friendly may not always automatically start in the bathroom. The Home and Garden Network has created a list of ways to turn a standard bathroom into a green living space.

    When it comes to linens, the network suggests buying organic cotton as it is both soft and eco-friendly. According to the source, manufacturers of organic cotton use all natural dyes and softeners which are more gentle on the skin while limiting the amount of toxins let into the environment. Plastic and vinyl shower curtains can be swapped out for a heavier cotton curtain to further eliminate toxins in the bathroom.

    Replacing a standard showerhead with one that is low-flow can reduce water usage by nearly 30 percent, says HGTV. Homeowners can also insulate their water heaters to help save energy used when heating shower and bath water.

    Bathrooms can get messy easily, but when cleaning, the source says to toss harsh chemicals and think green. Other non-toxic home remedies, such as baking soda for a clogged drain are also good alternatives to strong chemical brands.

  • Renovations That Homeowners May Want To Skip

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Remodel & Renovate, Design & Decor  |  February 10, 2012 10:43 AM  |  94 views  |  No comments

    New and long-time homeowners may be looking to renovate their homes, and as some projects can be costly, sources say it is important to be careful when choosing how to spend your time and money. With the help from some home experts, Real Simple magazine has come up with a list of home upgrades that may not pay off in the long run.

    One expert told the magazine that homeowners should rethink turning a bedroom into an office space as it will be listed with one less bedroom if ever put back on the market. One way to avoid this is to show an empty home, but the source says potential buyers may have a hard time imagining office space as a bedroom.

    According to the magazine, bold color choices on in-home essentials such as countertops can also disrupt the home's flow and aesthetic. Neutral colors may be a better option when remodeling and bright colors can be used as accents when decorating.

    When considering replacing flooring, the source says to be careful when selecting wall-to-wall carpeting as it can be a turnoff for some buyers in the future.

  • Summer Fixes To Keep Homes Cooler

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate, Going Green, Design & Decor  |  November 17, 2011 10:23 PM  |  321 views  |  No comments
    Jun 30 2011 6:04PM

    While most homeowners are focused on outdoor projects during the warm summer months, Californians may want to consider making indoor improvements to their home in an effort to curb accelerating cooling costs.

    American Vision Windows of Simi Valley recommends replacing older windows with newer energy-efficient ones that can help families save up to 15 percent on their utility costs.

    While updating windows is one summer weatherproofing idea, Market Watch points out that there are many other do-it-yourself home projects that can help to keep hot air outside. Handy homeowners could weather-strip windows and doorways and re-caulk where necessary to improve insulation.

    The source also recommends that those who have air conditioning units get them checked annually. Those who are in need of cooling devices should browse the tax credits available for consumers who purchase earth-friendly products.

    Energy Star-approved windows, fans and air conditioners all come with tax credits this year. Circulating fans come with a credit of $50, while central air systems have a $300 credit. 

  • Simple Green Fixes May Add Buying Incentive

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate, Going Green, Design & Decor  |  November 17, 2011 10:18 PM  |  280 views  |  1 comment

    Jul 15 2011 5:35PM

    While many may feel like green energy costs an arm and a leg, there are some simple cost-effective ways to employ green technology and, in so doing, make a house more attractive on the real estate market. For example, painting a roof white may eliminate some cooling costs, according to FoxBusiness.

    According to a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Heat Island Group, buildings with white roofs require 40 percent less cooling energy than structures with black roofs, the source reports. A white elastomeric coating - a durable, waterproof blend of polymers - should do the trick. The product is inexpensive, and those with standard roofs may even be able to apply the coat themselves.

    Low-flow shower heads are another simple fix that can reduce the amount of water used by a household, according to Dough Roller. These shower heads range in price from $5 to $50 and work by aerating water, which means that water pressure should not be affected even though less is being used.

    Whatever energy-efficient changes a homeowner decides to make, the improvements should be shared with real estate agents, who can herald those aspects of the home

  • Knowing Which Eco-changes Are Worth The Time And Money For Homeowners

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate, Going Green, Design & Decor  |  November 14, 2011 3:24 PM  |  172 views  |  No comments
    Nov 8 2011 2:31PM

    The emphasis on going green and the praise homeowners receive for making a conscious effort when building or renovating won’t fall short, but when doing these projects, on a budget - it is better to know which changes are worth making and what simply does not work.

    Susan Carpenter of the LA Times reported on her experience in transforming her home with do-it-yourself green projects and found her inner idealist battling with her budget-conscious realist.

    Carpenter’s realist side came up with lists of which investments homeowners should make. For example, the Australian-made Waterwall works just like water barrels, and is more appealing to look at - but the cost and installation keep it from being suggested to homeowners.

    She also admits that her attempt to live off the land by growing her own fruits and vegetables wasn’t ideal with the California climate and quality of soil. The chickens she purchased to produce eggs became the diet of local wildlife - coyotes, raccoons and possums.

    She ranks installing a grey water system as her most successful change - that is redirecting the use of wasted water from baths, showers and sinks to laundry and landscaping - saving around 1,120 gallons of water per month. Carpenter also suggests homeowners use solar power and rain barrels. Some simple and inexpensive changes that homeowners can make include investing in a clothing line verses using a dryer, composting left overs and, of course, recycling. 

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