Green Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Part IV

So far, I’ve written about easy green makeover ideas, energy- and water-saving tips, and eco-friendly countertop options. In this post, we’ll explore the ever-growing choices for stylish and functional flooring in the kitchen and/or bathroom.  Can you guess which type of flooring is shown here?  Wood?  Cork?  Linoleum?  Tile?

Green Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Part III

If you’re looking for a quick fix to spruce up your kitchen or bath, check out my previous post, Part I of this series.  For information on saving energy and water with new appliances and cool gadgets, click here to see Part II.  In the remaining posts for this series, I’ll delve into options for […]

Green Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Part II

In part I of my series on eco-friendly kitchen and bath makeovers, I focused on easy and inexpensive ways to update these much lived-in rooms.  In the next few posts, you’ll find helpful information for those of you who need to undertake more substantial improvements.  Here, I’ll focus on the important aspects of saving energy […]

Bamboo Countertops

In a previous post, I wrote about the pros and cons of bamboo used as a flooring option.  The pros seem to outweigh the cons, as bamboo is a durable surface material not only for flooring, cabinetry and wall panels, but also for countertops.  When using this fast-growing grass (yes, it’s a grass) for an […]

Green Makeovers for Kitchens and Baths, Part 1

Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, there are plenty of eco-friendly ideas you can implement to give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look.  In this first post, we’ll take a look at inexpensive, green fixes for these spaces — from decorative elements, to energy-efficient  and water-saving strategies that will save you […]

Renew Your Backsplash with Recycled Glass Tiles

Looking to add a dazzling, yet functional, new backsplash to your ordinary kitchen or bathroom?  One eco-friendly option is to use recycled glass tiles since discarded glass takes hundreds, if not thousands of years, to decompose.  Tiled surfaces are durable, long-lasting and easy-to-clean, plus they work well indoors and out.  They’re perfect not only for […]

Controlling Mold and Moisture

All of the recent rain storms pouring down upon us here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, has lead me to think about excessive moisture build-up and mold issues in the home. Even though mold plays an important role outdoors (to break down dead, organic matter such as fallen leaves and trees), it can cause problems indoors. Mold […]

Green Cabinets, Part III

Green cabinets are those made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, FSC-certified wood, or reclaimed wood.  Antique reclaimed wood is sourced from old buildings and barns that are condemned, abandoned or beyond repair, and is re-milled to reveal the beautiful, high-quality wood hiding beneath decades of dust, dirt and grime.  By re-using materials already in […]

Increase Your Home’s Water Efficiency

Water bills too high?  Concerned about conserving water?  A recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013.  That’s a bit daunting, but, you’ll be happy to learn that wasting water is easy to avoid.  There are many simple things you can do to minimize your […]

Turn up the Heat with a Tankless Water Heater

Not only do tankless water heaters take up little space, but they are more energy efficient than standard storage tank units.  Gas tankless water heaters cut water heating expenses by 30% because these models only heat water on an as-needed basis.  Conventional storage tank types consume energy round the clock to keep water in the […]

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