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By Tammy Hayes | Agent in Port Charlotte, FL

Ways for homeowners to go green

Many homeowners are considering green alternatives when completing home improvement projects, but only a small number are actually going green.  What does going green mean?  For most it means using environmentally safe and efficient products.


Some green home improvement ideas are replacing old windows, doors, appliances, heating and air-conditioning units, hot water tanks, and toilets with energy efficient alternatives.  Use natural fiber insulation in your attic and walls.  When remodeling a kitchen or bath choose green countertops made with materials such as compressed paper fiber, concrete, or terrazzo.  When replacing flooring go with bamboo flooring, natural linoleum, cork, recycled and reclaimed hardwoods or eco-friendly carpets.


What are some other ways to go green?  You can install low energy light bulbs such as compact fluorescent lights.  They last longer and use less energy.  Planting low maintenance plants that are native to your area and require little watering and weeding helps save energy and water.  Use organic fertilizers to help save the environment. Use natural products when decorating such as woods like bamboo and teak that grow fast.


If you are thinking of completing a home improvement project that is green, be sure to check around for a local contractor that focuses on green products that help the environment and save you money.  They can provide you with the best green alternatives that are right for you and your family.


Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL - tammyhayesre@gmail.com

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