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  • Stenciling

    When considering Stenciling, you may also want to look into: Chalkboard Paint, Door Painting, Faux Finishing and Painting, General Painting Technique, Indoor Painting Projects, Interior and Airless Paint Sprayers, Magnetic Paint, Paint Applicator Overview, Paint Contractors, Painting Kitchen Cabinets, Painting Various Surfaces, Prepping Interior Surfaces, Texturizing, Wall Murals and Zero VOC Paint.

    Even with stenciling look into the low or Zero VOC paint to help ensure the health of your family and the environment.
  • Driveways

    Take a look into the range of options like: Driveway Paving Materials, Driveway Sealers, Driveway Gates, Driveway Pavers, Asphalt Paving, Repairing a Driveway, and Concrete and Gravel Driveways. If you are considering widening a driveway, extending, a driveway, or putting in a new driveway all together, your contractor will use some form of gravel underneath the surface that your choose. Gravel is typically quarried and instead of buying it as ‘virgin’ material, you can save money and the environment by using construction demolition debris that is slated for a landfill.
  • Gutters and Drainage

    Properly installed and maintained gutters not only protect the landscaping right around your home from getting pounded by heavy rainfall, but they also protect your home from getting water damage at the eave point where the roof meets the wall. Look into: Gutters DIY, Gutter Cleaning, Seamless Gutters, Copper Gutters, Gutter Guards, and Home Drainage Systems. Consider storm water management systems that pipe the downspouts into an underground drainage area. Also consider the Rain Barrels as a way to collect and store rain water from your downspouts.
  • Roofing

    Start at the top to protect your home from the elements. In addition to considering the aesthetics, longevity, and cost, you should also review the impact of a roofing material relative to ongoing energy costs. Different roofs have different thermal and reflective properties that can impact your heating and cooling bills. Since most roof materials last for decades, these energy impact factors are increasingly important given the rising energy costs. As an example, lighter colored materials reflect rather than absorb sunlight in the summer and then reduce your Air conditioning bills.
  • Decks and Porches

    Beyond the lawn and garden, outdoor living may involve a whole range of options in addition to patios and walkways. When it comes to decks and porches, take the time to integrate your outdoor space and consider: Deck Plans, Deck Building, Deck Lighting, Deck Materials and Maintenance, Deck Stairs and Railings, Waterproofing a Deck, and Porch Design and Building. For deck and porch construction material, go for composite materials to save on maintenance repair and also save the environment.
  • HVAC Supporting Equipment and Maintenance

    The right type of controls can help automate operations, and proper maintenance can help promote efficiency. Both controls and maintenance collectively help you save money on Heating and Cooling bills. HVAC typically accounts for over 40% of a home’s energy use, so look carefully at new: Thermostats & Digital Controls, Programmable Thermostats, Wireless and Remote Thermostats, Multi-zone HVAC Systems, Dehumidifying Heat Pipes, ‘Smart’ Meter Reading, and HVAC Air Filters and Seasonal Tune-ups. “Measurement is the key to Management”.
  • Air Conditioning

    Consider: Air Conditioning Filters, Central Air Conditioning, Window Air Conditioning Units, Other Technologies and Cooling Systems, Evaporative Coolers, Energy Star Cooling Equipment, and Geothermal Cooling.

    High efficiency central air conditioning is second only to natural ventilation and passive cooling systems. Individual room air conditioners are an option worth considering to keep cool this summer and have come a long way in the past several years.
  • Ventilation

    Consider: House Ventilation, Energy Star Mechanical Ventilation, Attic Ventilation, Basement Ventilation, Bathroom Ventilation, Duct Work, Cleaning Duct Work Specifications, Energy Star Duct Systems, Dryer Ventilation, Radon Ventilation, and Natural Ventilation.

    For centuries if not millennia, natural ventilation used to be the most common ventilation method of allowing fresh outdoor air to replace indoor air in a home. Today it is just one of the many options, since homes that are properly air sealed for energy efficiency benefit from mechanical ventilation.
  • House Fans

    Consider: Attic Fans, Solar Attic Fans, Bathroom Exhaust Fans, Kitchen Hood Fans, Whole House Fans, and Through Wall Fans.

    Ceiling fans help create a ‘breeze’ , so you may feel cooler, but whole house fans actually move the warm air out of your living spaces.

    In its very essence a house fan consists of an electrical motor, fan blades and an housing to support the motor and the blades.

    The better models have a better insulated housing (and door, and frames), a better and more silent electrical motor, and better and more balanced blades.
  • Fireplaces

    Consider: Wood Fireplace, Electric Fireplace, Fireplace Inserts, Gas Fireplaces, Fireplace Mantles, and Fireplace Screens. Consider ‘Franklin’ stoves that hold the heat rather than just letting it run up and out of your house through the chimney. Safety First! Chimney repair specialists can typically inspect the inside of your chimney with a flue ‘scope’. The scope lets the specialist see if there is a fire hazard.

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