What are some inexpensive ways that I can make my house more eco friendly?
I'm looking for ideas like the use of CFLs, compost bins, rainwater capturing systems, etc.
That is a very broad question. Homeowner aspiration is the starting point for any recommendation. Some clients believe that reducing energy consumption is the first step to an eco-friendly home and others are focused on indoor air quality.
Here are my cost-effective recommendations:
- Energy Audit -- A roadmap for a cost-effective approach to saving money on utility bills. Upgrades also improve indoor air quality (insulation and air sealing).
- Smart strips -- Belkin Conserve and other name brands are very cost-effective if they are actually being used.
- Zero-VOC paints, clays and finishes
- Non-toxic cleaners
- Sustainably made wallpaper
- Cool Roof
I'm sure there are a few more, and what you have already done makes a real difference too.
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