In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we would do a spin on the color green by helping you “Go Green!” Instead of celebrating this Irish holiday by painting every corner of your room green, we want to provide you with tips and tricks to help you, “Go Green,” with eco-friendly practices and remodeling ideas!
For a Green Fireplace…
- Switch from a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace
…without compromising the beautiful design of your custom cast stone mantel. Simply add a self-contained gas-fueled hearth unit into your firebox like the Rosamond stone mantel design featured below. Wood-burning fireplace inserts that are certified by the EPA are also available in varying sizes and styles to fit into your existing masonry fireplace. This will still provide the heat output to keep you warm without emitting toxins like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and more.
- Choose Greener Composition Logs
Instead of opting for a gas fireplace, go Green on a similar level by burning composition logs, which produce 50% less smoke and pollutants when burned than wood. If you pine for the smell of real wood, you can still go Green by avoiding large quantities of paper and resinous woods like pine and evergreen. These can flare up and quickly get out of control.
- Burn Clean
Choose clean, seasoned wood and non-glossy white paper when looking for something to burn in your fireplace. Things like color paper, plastic, rubber, garbage and others produce toxic fumes when burned. These fumes may harm your lungs and your fireplace flue.
For a Green Renovation
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 170 million tons of building construction, renovation, and demolition-derived wastes (commonly referred to as construction and demolition (C&D) materials) were generated in 2003.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to enjoy a “green” renovation. Here’s how:
If you think your furniture is beyond any reusable condition, think again! The bare bones of furniture are often wood and plastic/wood composites can also be recycled. Asphalt, concrete and rubble can also be recycled into aggregate or new asphalt and concrete products.
- Advanced Framing
Consider advanced framing. This refers to lumber layout and usage techniques that minimize the amount of lumber used to construct a house without compromising its structural integrity.
- Minimize packaging – Buy items with minimal (or no) packaging. Buy items in bulk or in concentrated form (e.g., concentrated laundry detergent).
- Print Double-Sided Pages
- Opt for Paperless Billing
- Ask Your Neighbor! Borrow, rent or share items you don’t often use.
- Donate or sell used items. Who knew being economical could be so good to your wallet?
There are so many ways for you to go Green. What tips do you have?