Remodeling Tips for Earth Day

by: Allison Q Guido, CS (Almar Building & Remodeling, Hanover Ma)

Earth Day is a celebrated each year, and events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. 2013 is the 43nd anniversary of that mission which was attributed to John McConnell staring in 1969.

In honor of Earth Day Almar Building & Remodeling, Hanover Ma wanted to share some tips and information about how you can make changes in your own home to improve the earth’s and your personal environment.

1. Replace leaky Faucets: gallons of water can be wasted each day from what appears to be a minor leak. Need helping finding the right faucets for your home? Stop in and see our friends at Snow & Jones in Norwell to get a Kohler faucet.

Kitchen Cabinets, Hanover Ma

Kitchen Cabinets, Hanover Ma

2. Choose the Right Cabinets: “Many cabinets are made from particle board, hardwood plywood paneling, or medium density fiberboard glued together using a formaldehyde-based adhesive. To avoid exposure to harmful chemicals, purchase cabinetry made with formaldehyde-free adhesives and finishes.”*1 Almar installs Huntwood Custom Cabinets which offers us Green Manufacturing.

3. Choose Flooring that has environmentally friendly attributes without sacrificing style.
a. Sustainable Grown/Harvested Materials
b. Reclaimed materials
c. Recycles materials
d. Reduced Toxicity
4. Water Filtration: Although the EPA enforces national standards for taps water approximately 4 out 10 American homes also have a water filtration system.

5. Replace old toilets: Toilets account for almost 30% of your homes water usage. In 1992 the Energy Policy Act was enacted which mandated water efficient toilets use up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush. By replacing your old toilet with a to high-efficiency toilets can save a family of four, on average, $2,000 in water bills over the lifetime of the toilets.*2

6. Upgrade Insulation: By insulating your house or sealing up air leaks you can your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Installed correctly, insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the

Vinyl Sliding Door, Hanover Ma

Vinyl Sliding Door, Hanover Ma

year.

7. Weatherize with Windows, Doors and Skylights: Leaky unites allow warm air to escape which makes your heating/cooling units run more. By installing Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors (Like Harvey Classic or Alside Excalibur Windows) you can reduce energy costs.

8. Low-VOC Paint: When choosing paint opt for Low-VOC products to reduce air pollution.

9. Choose low-maintenance Exterior Finishes: “When choosing the finish for your home, look into recycled-content materials that are locally manufactured. High-maintenance materials (such as wood) should be avoided to reduce repair, replacement, and upkeep costs (e.g., repainting). Brick, concrete, stucco, steel, aluminum, and fiber-cement offer superior longevity, and resist cracking and other deterioration.” *3

10. Choose a Cool Roof: Most people choose dark roofing shingles. But if you choose a lighter roof shingle (or one of Certainteed’s Solaris Shingles) that have high reflectance and emissivity you can keep your roof up to 70degrees cooler than traditional shingles. Which can help save you money on air conditioning costs.

You can also get information about programs and incentives for renewable energy in Massachusetts please visit: http://www.dsireusa.org The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. “DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.”

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*1. http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/Kitchen.htm
*2. http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/bathroom.htm
*3. http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/WholeHouse.htm

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Allison Guido, CS, is the General Manager of Almar Building & Remodeling Co & CAT Exteriors in Hanover Ma. Almar is a 3rd-generation, full service general contractor, and satisfying homeowners for over 53 years on the South Shore. Almar handles both large and small projects including: Additions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements, Windows, Doors, Siding, Decks, and other carpentry projects. With 5 licensed constructions supervisors, Almar is also RRP certified to work on homes built prior to 1978. Visit the website for more information about Allison and Almar Building. http://www.almarbuilding.com  781-826-277