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Green Wishlist

As Earth Month comes to a close, there are still plenty of things we’d like to do to reduce, reuse and recycle, such as:

  • Replace showerhead and faucets with low-flow units
  • Replace the toilet with a dual-flush, low-flow unit, like the Aquia from Toto or the selection from Caroma
  • Finish replacing all lightbulbs with CFLs. Research shows that it doesn’t pay to hold onto incandescent bulbs until they burn out; — it’s better to replace them now and discard. However we will keep incandescents in light sockets that are only used for a few minutes, like closets. CFLs are better for areas that are turned on for 15 minutes or longer
  • Install a solar panel awning to provide some shade as we’re powering ourselves! I have no idea how much this would cost or if it’s even feasible, but I want to look into it
  • Insulate attic with Bonded Logic insulation, made with recycled blue jeans, or with Soy foam insulation
  • Use recycled materials when we remodel our kitchen, such as countertops from Paperstone, Richlite, or IceStone

Anybody have other green remodeling ideas they’d like to share?

2 Comments

  1. Megan on April 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    We recently installed Richlite and are very happy with the results. I initially wanted Paperstone, but Richlite was about half the price. The surface does scratch a little- the first time I scratched the surface with the rough side of a sponge- but this will all be a part of the patina and character that I want in my home! We also used Marmoleum for our floor and love it!!

  2. denise on May 1, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Megan—that’s great to hear that you’re happy with the Richlite. What color did you get? I have been leaning toward the Slate Black, thinking that it may resemble soapstone (which I’d love to use, but I hate that almost all soapstone is shipped from Brazil).

    Marmoleum is another great green product which I’d use in a heartbeat, but luckily we have maple floors in our kitchen.

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