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Green Home Improvement

Green Home Improvement

Daniel D. Chiras PhD

ISBN: 978-0-876-29093-4

Aug 2008

320 pages

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In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits: Helps homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Fits with the trend toward smaller home improvements most of the projects require only a modest investment. Gives readers an edge when they sell their homes buyers are especially looking for energy-efficiency, but they're also tuned into green health and environmental concerns.

The books projects range from quick, easy, low- or no-cost tasks like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks, or painting with insulating paint to bigger-ticket items such as installing a new energy-efficient heating system, windows, or green flooring.

For each project, readers will learn: the steps required; material and installation options; what the improvement will cost; payback in savings on utility bills; health, comfort, and environmental benefits.

More than 65 Go Green tips highlighted throughout the book give readers ideas for quick, easy, and often low- or no-cost things they can do, right away, to make their homes and lifestyles greener.

Projects include: Green flooring & paint options Environmentally friendly cabinetry & countertops Whole-house insulation & weather-stripping High-efficiency heating & cooling Water conservation Efficient lighting, appliances & plumbing fixtures including Energy Star and WaterSense models Solar electric and water heating systems Eco-friendly roofing & siding Energy-efficient windows, doors & skylights Green materials for patios, walkways & driveways Landscaping & irrigation for water conservation and energy.


About the Author.

About the Reviewers.


Part One: Green Home Improvement Projects.

Green Flooring, Walls, Countertops & Cabinets.

1. Cork Flooring.

2. Bamboo Flooring.

3. Reclaimed Wood Flooring.

4. All-Natural Linoleum Flooring.

5. Laminate Flooring.

6. Recycled-Content Tile.

7. Recycled-Content Carpet.

8. All-Natural Wool Carpet.

9. Healthy Paints, Stains & Finishes.

10. Green Cabinetry.

Heating & Cooling Your Home Efficiently.

11. Home Energy Audit.

12. Caulking & Weather Stripping.

13. Insulating Your Home.

14. Insulate While You Paint.

15. Programmable Thermostat.

16. Insulated Shades & Curtains.

17. Solar Hot-Air Collector.

18. Energy-Efficient Furnace.

19. Energy-Efficient Boiler.

20. Heat Pump & Solar Hot Water.

21. Wood Stove.

22. Pellet Stove.

23. Fireplace Insert.

24. Radiant Barrier.

25. High-Efficiency Cooling Systems.

26. Ceiling & Solar Attic Fans.

27. Whole-House Fan.

28. Radon Test & Mitigation.

29. Energy-Recovery Ventilator.

Conserving Water.

30. Flushing Your Water Heater.

31. Water Heater Blanket & Pipe Insulation.

32. Adjusting Water Heater Temperature.

33. Water Heater Anode Rod Replacement.

34. Tankless Water Heater.

35. Solar Hot-Water System.

36. Faucet Aerators.

37. Water-Efficient Showerheads.

38. Water-Efficient Toilets.

Cutting Electrical Usage.

39. Eliminating Phantom Loads.

40. Energy-Efficient Lighting.

41. Energy-Efficient Appliances & Electronics.

42. Solar Electricity.

43. Purchasing Green Power.

44. Timers & Motion Sensor Light Switches.

Green Roofs, Siding, Doors & Windows.

45. Tubular Skylights.

46. Environmentally Friendly Roofing.

47. Fiber-Cement Siding.

48. Repairing Broken Windows.

49. Storm Windows.

50. Energy-Efficient Windows.

51. Storm Doors.

52. Door Sweeps.

53. Gutters & Downspouts.

54. Grading & Drainage.

Green Paving, Landscaping & Pools.

55. Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways.

56. Composite Decks & Porches.

57. Recycled Plastic/Composite Fencing.

58. Outdoor Solar Lighting.

59. Composting.

60. Infiltration Basins for Trees & Shrubs.

61. Rainwater Collection Barrels.

62. Energy-Efficient Landscaping.

63. Drip Irrigation System.

64. Rain & Soil Moisture Sensors.

65. Solar Pool Heater & Cover.

Part Two: Building a New Green Home.

Part Three: Appendix.

Safety Tips.


Resource Guide.