Weekend Green Projects for Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at 11:01am.

Are you looking for something to do around your Santa Cruz home this weekend that will also help the environment? Why not do a quick green renovation at home. Incorporating green products and practices in your home save our natural resources and are better for your health. Here are a few simple projects you can work on this weekend.

1. Floors. You can easily replace the floor in a room during a weekend. Bamboo and cork floors are excellent environmentally-friendly choices because they are renewable sources. They come in a variety of colors and styles so you can find something that will match your current décor.

2. Paint. Painting a room is a quick and easy way to change its look. However, traditional paint is loaded with toxic fumes that can aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma. When you paint your next room, choose a paint that contains less or no amounts of dangerous chemicals. Your room will look just as good, and your lungs will be happier.

3. Windows. If you still have old, single pane windows in your Santa Cruz home, it’s time to replace them with double pane energy efficient windows. These newer windows will lower your energy consumption by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Additionally, you may be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency of up to $1500 if you purchase Energy Star windows in 2009 or 2010.  

4. Insulation. A well insulated home saves you money and cuts back on the amount of energy you use. Make sure you have adequate insulation in your attic. Check your doors and windows for cracks and leaks that allow air to escape. Seal them with caulk or weather stripping.  The Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency applies to Energy Star insulation as well.

Are you looking for a green Santa Cruz home? I specialize in green homes and would be happy to help you find the one that fits your budget and needs. Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com

 

LINKS:

How to install cork floors 

Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency  

Energy Star insulation

 

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