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Jun 14

8 Tips for a Green Home and Yard

Tips for a green home | Angie's List
[Via: Angie’s List Window Replacement]

Concerned about pesticides? Don’t be so fast to point your finger at farmers. The average American homeowner uses 10 times more pesticides on an acre of lawn than a farmer uses on an acre of crops.

With that disturbing statistic in mind, we offer eight tips for creating an environmentally friendly home and yard.

First, you can use solar energy to power your home. Shop online for solar panels; you can buy do-it-yourself kits or buy them by the pallet. Once you get your solar panels installed, you can even sell your excess power to your local power company.

Second, you can save a substantial amount of water by collecting run-off rain in a barrel. One inch of rainfall on a 1,000-square-foot roof will yield about 600 gallons of water.

Another tip involves treating your windows with a low-emittance coating that will make them more energy efficient. You can also close cut off a draft by purchasing replacement windows that close any gaps.

You can also help save the environment by being careful with your painting jobs. Wash your paint brushes in the sink instead of the yard and dispose of your paint cans through hazardous waste collection.

Our final pair of tips involves your grass. Don’t spray pesticides when the weatherman is predicting rain and don’t let your grass clippings wash into sewer drains.

Working together, we can protect our environment while saving money on our homes. Talk about being green!

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  1. Gary

    What a great post! Thanks for all of the tips. I have a buddy who is a Miami contractor and I’ll be sure to tell him all of these tips!

  2. Gabriel Cole

    Outstandingly enlightening thanks, I reckon your trusty audience may possibly want further posts such as this keep up the great hard work.

  3. Gregg Williams

    I have recently gotten a rain barrel to collect rain water from our gutters. I use it all the time. I don’t understand why I never used it before! It is very useful.

  4. Gregg Williams

    I have recently gotten a rain barrel to collect rain water from our gutters. I use it all the time. I don’t understand why I never used it before! It is very useful.

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