Whether you are a professional seeking LEED certification on a current project or a homeowner looking to live a "greener" life in your home, there are several simple and easy methods to employ that take little effort but have a big overall impact.
- Replace light bulbs. This is not news and if you live in California you are already aware of the differences in light bulbs. But replacing those old incandescent bulbs with the more energy efficient CFL's and LED's, that use up to 80% less energy than the incandescents, will make a difference in both your energy savings and your pocketbook.
- It is important to utilize as much natural light as possible in the design of any building. This is not only aesthetically pleasing but will help reduce the need for electricity, heating and other forms of energy
- Use self-replenishing natural items such as bamboo for flooring, cabinetry and even personal household items like bath towels and bed linens.
- Live plants improve air quality and add a touch of life to any room
- Solar and battery operated lighting for both the interior and exterior is a great energy saver.
- Buy locally. This not only supports local business in your community but saves energy by reducing the amount of fuel needed for transportation and reduced the amount of pollutants emitted during transportation.
We make every attempt to keep our manufacturing process as "green" as possible with careful attention paid to the disposal of paints and other waste, recycling etc.
The old mantra of repurpose, recycle and reuse is still a simple rule to live by. And you can look forward to celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015.
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