"Green" energy-saving materials can save you money!
If you're planning a major remodeling project or building a new home, consider using these "green", energy-saving materials:
* Lighter color roofing materials absorb less heat and reduce cooling expenses.
* High-tech windows that have low-emittance glass coatings, gas filler between layers, or composite framing materials provide greater insulation.
* Wall insulation with a higher R value lowers heating and cooling costs.
* Large south-facing windows will reduce heating and lighting bills.
* Energy efficient heating and cooling systems, tankless water heaters and geothermal heat pumps can lower utility bills.
* Recycled plastic lumber and wood composite materials can be used in place of scarce hardwood and chemically-treated lumber in decks, trim and fencing.
* New generation bathroom fixtures that use less water include toilets with auxillary pumps for increased water pressure, and faucet aerators and shower heads that provide consistent pressure with less water.