Sawing solid lumber from trees results in over one-third waste while turning trees into composite material—like oriented stand board, MDF, and hardboard—makes use of 95% of the tree. This means that manufactured building materials is actually be more eco-friendly than solid lumber.
While you might not think of foam packing peanuts as very eco-friendly, you might be surprised to learn that they contain recycled materials, use less energy to make than paper packing, and can be reused many times.
Older toilets often use two to three times the amount of water of newer models. Rather than going to the expense of replacing the older toilets in your house, install inexpensive toilet conversion kits that can turn them into water saving dual flush models. Watch this video to find out more.
Radiant heating is one of the most comfortable and energy efficient ways to heat your home. A radiant heating system consists of a series of small tubes installed under the floor, above a ceiling, or behind the walls in your home. Hot water from a dedicated hot water heater is then pumped through the tubing to warm the floor, concrete slab, or wallboard.
Low or no Voc (Volatile Organic Compound) house paints are great, since they have little odor and limit harmful chemicals in the air. But tinting the paint often defeat the purpose by adding unwanted VOCs back into the paint. Watch this video to find out more.
Gray water is the waste water from showers, tubs, sinks, and washing machines that usually goes down the drain for processing at a sewage treatment plant. While you wouldn’t want to drink it, when properly treated, gray water can be used to irrigate your lawn, shrubs, and other nonedible plants. Watch this video to find out more.
Installing solar sun screen on sunny windows blocks much of the direct sunlight, reducing heat and harmful UV rays by up to 90%. Solar shade cloth will keep your house cooler in the summer, reducing energy bills from air conditioning, and protect fabrics and furniture from fading.
Up to one-fourth of the wood used in new home construction ends up as waste. To combat this problem, some contractors employ eco-friendly building practices, such as reusing leftover scrap lumber for blocking when framing, then grinding up any remaining waste wood for use as mulch in landscaping the home.