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Going Green 101: Transforming Your Home

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by Chris Keenan last modified Nov 04, 2011

You can gradually turn your home into a more energy efficient habitat through simple steps, one project at a time. For example, start with your garage door by checking to see what material it is made of, whether it is insulated, and does it have weather stripping.



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Turning your home into a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly construct can be a daunting task, especially if it was originally built long before green went mainstream. Not long ago, trying to find environmentally friendly alternatives in home building was like searching for a needle in a haystack. These days it’s easier to find green products, but turning your older home into an example of green living can often feel like an overwhelming project.

It doesn’t have to be, though. If you’re not beginning with new construction where you can start green from the foundation up, you can gradually turn your home into a more energy efficient habitat through simple steps, one project at a time. Approaching your home piecemeal will be friendly to your budget as well as the environment.

These days there’s a green alternative for almost every aspect of the home, even garage doors. Yes, the largest moving part of your home can now be replaced with a green alternative. Despite its size, garage doors are often one of the most overlooked areas of the home for energy loss.

How many times have you stepped into the garage and experienced a significant temperature change? The traditional garage door isn’t well insulated, and over the years, we’ve come to accept that the garage will always be cooler or hotter than the rest of the house. Not only are old wooden garage doors inefficient, they also tax the environment.

Depending on the company, you should be able to find a garage door that is constructed with a wood alternative. Non-wood doors can be attractive and low maintenance. Many companies will insulate the door using recycled materials, as well. This translates directly into energy savings and a decrease in the monthly utility bill. Depending on the company and how the garage door is made, you may even qualify for energy tax credits.

Purchasing a garage door from a green company also means investing in their environmentally conscious business. Green companies typically have cleaner, more efficient manufacturing practices. They must meet the strict EPA manufacturing guidelines. Often they use less packaging and are invested in cleaner, more efficient methods of shipping. They may also recycle the scrap metal that’s produced when manufacturing the garage door. So you’re not only purchasing a green product for your home, you’re promoting greener manufacturing.

Tackling one project at a time around the house will pay off in savings and will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Starting with something as simple as replacing a garage door can be the perfect beginning on the path to greener living. Remember, small, simple steps build up to a big impact.

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