Renovating Your Home And Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Renovating Your Home And Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Each year, we Americans generate millions of tons of waste in our homes and communities.  Part of that enormous amount of waste is generated though the construction, renovation, and demolition of homes. 
Most people don't realize that that waste is linked with global cllimate change.  How? The manufacture, distrubution and use of products-as well as management of the resulting waste-all use energy that results in greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, and contribute to climate change. 

Reduce:
By using more resource-efficient construction/renovation methods and materials, we can reduce our households' and communities' environmental footprint, help with climate change, and conserve our natural resources.

Reuse:
Salvage deconstruction materials as you demo a property.  There are lots of places that will accept or buy used building materials as well as some nonprofit orgainzations that will accept used building materials for resale.

Recycle:
-Wood can be recycled into reclaimed or composit wood products.
-Metals are valuable commodities to recycle.
-Asphalt and Concrete can also be recycled.

Re-purpose:
Be Creative don't throw it out find something else to do with it!

You can find local building materials reuse stores and places that buy scrap metal on the web.
For invaluable info on greener renovation techniques go to-
The Environmental Protection Agencies Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/


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