5 Green Upgrades For an Environmentally-Friendly Home

5 Green Upgrades For a More Environmentally-Friendly Home - Quicken Loans Zing Blog As Americans become more environmentally aware and conscious about how the products and homes we live in affect the Earth, green initiatives have spread to various sectors of society.

Whereas prefabricated eco-friendly homes come equipped with numerous green features, you can also make upgrades to your current home to make it more eco- friendly.

While eco-friendly homes that employ environmentally safe materials and appliances may offer several financial benefits, such as lower heating and utility costs, the ultimate benefit is its contribution to a sustainable future for upcoming generations to enjoy.

With this in mind, here are five green upgrades that can help transform your house into an environmentally-friendly home.

Endurawood countertops

Endurawood, a type of reclaimed wood, is a great environmentally-friendly material to incorporate in your kitchen or furniture to promote an eco-safe household.

The environmental benefit of reclaimed wood (or reused wood) is fairly obvious, as no new trees need to be cut down for use, which helps preserve the diverse forest ecosystem.

While endurawood countertops are less glamorous than furniture made from Agarwood (which cost as much as $5,000 per pound), the satisfaction you gain from knowing your purchase will help preserve the earth is priceless.

Recycled Paper Furniture

Believe it or not, environmentalists and architects have used recycled paper to build furniture for years.

Websites like Inhabitat offer a vast selection of recycled paper furniture and other architectural designs that use environmentally-friendly materials to contribute to a smarter and more sustainable future.

The recycled paper furniture featured on Inhabitat ranges from chairs that double as storage units to actual storage bins for your kitchen and home.

Rain Gardens 

Mild rainwater is harmless when it’s falling from the sky via precipitation. Yet, when this same rainwater hits the ground and gains momentum running down unleveled ground, it picks up fertilizer, salt and many other pollutants on its way toward storm drains.

These pollutants end up in rivers and lakes contaminating the water animals inhabit and in some cases contaminating the fish we may consume.

Rain gardens are a great solution to this issue and have grown in popularity among homeowners throughout the nation.

Bamboo Flooring

Many homeowners may not be aware that bamboo can be used as a flooring option for your house. Even more homeowners may be unaware that bamboo floors are more environmentally friendly than typical hardwood floors as it takes less than six years for bamboo to replenish itself, compared to the 50 to 100 years it takes for trees typically used for hardwood floors.

When you consider the fact that stained strand woven bamboo floors cost as little as $3.19 per square foot, you will realize that using this alternative in your home can benefit both your pockets and the environment!

Thermeleon tiled roofs

A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students are currently working on special color-changing roofing tiles that absorb heat when the tiles are black and reflect heat when the panels are white.

While this new technology is nearly complete, the roofing system is not currently available for public purchase.  As soon as this technology is available for public use, Zing! readers will definitely be informed of the news!

With so many ways to contribute to a more sustainable future for forthcoming generations to enjoy, today is a great time to transform your house into an environmentally-friendly home.

What have you done to make your home a little greener?

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One Response to 5 Green Upgrades For an Environmentally-Friendly Home

  1. cantilever benches October 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    This is such a very informative post! With the continuous destruction of our environment and atmosphere, eco-friendly ways are really very essential. These samples you have shared are very interesting especially thermeleon tiled roofs. I do hope these materials will soon be available to the public.

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