Thursday, April 18, 2013

Three Easy Additions to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Are you willing to make that huge step to living an eco-friendly life? It all starts with your home. In fact, new green home construction and technology has been growing leaps and bounds. Homeowners now realize the value of bringing the benefits of environmental construction to their home. It does not have to be expensive—in fact, you can be surprised what can create sustainable value for your home.

On the video for “Must Knows for Green Home Construction”, host Ted Brunson points out three under appreciated essentials in green construction: the drywall, fire sprinklers, and the building material.

The drywall vastly improves the indoor air quality and safety. For a while, the supply for drywall became scarce and you might be tempted to scrimp on the wallboard and get a cheaper source of material. However, not all wallboard are created equal—and you might want to research on the environmental benefits and the process that goes into the making of the wallboard you are planning to buy. 

You should also consider getting fire sprinklers for your home. Fire sprinklers might not sound like the first thing you would associate with environmental sustainability. But if you think about how often fires occur in your area, the carbon emissions, and all that water required to put out the fire, it becomes immediately clear that fire sprinklers are non-negotiable if you really care about the environment. 

The third essential in green construction is another unlikely candidate: soybeans. Believe it or not, soybeans can be used as material for environmentally healthy materials for your home in order to make urethane, a type of plastic that has several applications for your home needs. The above vide shows you how this is done. Another surprising benefit of the use of soybeans is that its urethane is bio-renewable—which means that no product goes to waste, and the same plastic can be used over and over again. 

So the next time you are looking for ways to make your home more eco-friendly, think outside the box. There are a surprising number of ways to make your home more green!

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