Green Roof: An Eco-Friendly Remodeling Option

A green roof uses plants in place of the usual roof shingles or tiles typically installed by homeowners.  To build one, you need layers of material placed on your roof deck.  These include soil-filter cloth, water proof layer, soil mix and of course, plants.

Green roofs can either be intensive or extensive.  One of the major differences is that the intensive type allows homeowners to use the roof top as another outdoor space.  The extensive green roof, on the other hand, is quite low-key and won’t function as an additional space.

These roof types offer benefits to both homeowner and community. They help lower your bills related to cooling and heating your home because they are great insulators.  Studies reveal that homeowners with green roofs have lower demand for air conditioning and this is a big cut in your energy bills.  Moreover, since green roofs act as a sponge, they help reduce the volume of rainwater running into sewers.

Are you planning to remodel your home?  Consider green roofs.  Apart from savings, you get to help the community too.

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Converting Your Bath Into An Energy – Efficient Space

A lot has been said about remodeling the green way and most of the time, it’s the kitchen that gets the most attention.  After all, it’s one of the most used room and therefore, any cost-savings fixture that’s installed in the kitchen equates to a significant amount of savings for the homeowner.

But there are other areas your home that may also be “green” zoned and yes your bathroom is one of them.  Have you tried replacing your bathroom vent fan with a more energy efficient model?  While it is true that vent fans are used only for a few minutes, replacing it with an energy-efficient model could save you up to 50%.

Replacing your old faucets with a model that works through sensors will help lower your water bill.  Family members often ignore the fact that unused running water from the faucet (even for a minute) leads to wastage that could up your water bill.

The next time you remodel, include your bathroom too. This small space can generate savings if you know which fixtures to install.

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