It’s the Season for Eco-Friendly Home Renovations.

Via on May 18, 2012

Spring and summer are ideal times for home renovations.

Even if one doesn’t own one’s own home, everyone can put in a one and a half gallon/six litre per minute aerated shower head. In Canada, it’s only $20 and cuts water consumption in half, while saving energy because less hot water is used.

But here’s a “to do” list for homeowners:

1. Choose hardwood flooring instead of carpet wherever possible. Statistics show that at the end of its life 35% of the weight of carpet is dirt. So buy wood harvested in a responsible manner—in Canada this means looking for the Forestry Stewardship Certification. Ideally one should try to source such building products locally to reduce transportation miles, or if one wants a rustic look—use recycled wood from old barns or bars.

2. Use low VOC paint and floor finishes as offered at Benjamin Moore stores throughout North America.

3. Insulate the attic and basement. The cost of such insulation will be recovered in three years by money saved in home heating—or cooling if you are in the Southern States.

4. Choose Energy Star rated appliances and windows, which designate energy efficient products. An old fridge can use 15% of the electricity consumed in a house heated by gas.

5. If you cannot go solar or use wind power, upgrade the gas furnace. Up to 50% of energy is wasted in an old furnace. A high-efficiency natural gas furnace is 95% efficient.

6. Install a six-litre high-efficiency flush toilet.


Linda Lewis met the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and, following Rinpoche’s invitation, immediately moved to Boulder, Colorado to be a part of his young and vital sangha. The predominant themes in her life have been teaching in contemplative schools–Vidya, Naropa, and the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia–and studying, practicing, or teaching his Shambhala Buddhadharma wherever she finds herself.

 

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Editors: Lindsay Friedman/Kate Bartolotta

About Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis met the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and, following Rinpoche’s invitation, immediately moved to Boulder, Colorado to be a part of his young and vital sangha. The predominant themes in her life have been teaching in contemplative schools–Vidya, Naropa, and the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia–and studying, practicing, or teaching his Shambhala Buddhadharma wherever she finds herself.

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6 Responses to “It’s the Season for Eco-Friendly Home Renovations.”

  1. karlsaliter says:

    I like all of these!

  2. Liz says:

    Hi Linda,

    We just installed a much needed storm door. That helps a great deal, too. We tried and tried to insulate around the front door, but the sticky stuff on the insulation never stuck. So, we lost heat in the winter and cold in the summer. NO MORE! HA!

    Also, your insane son doesn’t use air conditioning, but I (sensible me) do. I change the filter in the a/c unit frequently. It keeps the system running better, plus helps with my allergies.

    Love, Liz

    p.s. we installed low water usage toilets, but when we flush them, they spit water out all over the place. Can’t stand ‘em!

  3. Linda V Lewis says:

    Oh thanks for those two more tips–storm door plus changing filter in the a/c unit–I too don't use a/c, but now that you mention it, I should have mentioned both storm doors and storm windows!

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