A green revolution is taking place all across the country as more and more homeowners try to minimize their impact on our fragile ecosystem and reduce energy consumption. Something as simple as installing a compact fluorescent light bulb or replacing your showerhead with a low-flow model can make a big difference when multiplied by millions of homes.
Our special two-part series of Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford® can help you find your own path to greener, eco-friendly living around your home. We traveled the country to find out more about the rapidly growing “going green” phenomenon, with insights on how to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. So join us as we journey together down the road to a brighter, greener tomorrow.
Going Green Episode, Part 1
In the first of this two-part series, Danny examines how homeowners can take an environmentally friendly approach to building and remodeling their homes. Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. shares his personal insights on going green. Other topics include selecting a sustainable building site, using recycled or reused building materials, and water conservation tips.
Going Green Episode, Part 2
In the conclusion of this two-part series, Danny discusses how to improve indoor air quality by using low VOC paints and building materials that don’t outgas harmful chemicals into the environment. Other topics include energy efficient building methods, such as insulated concrete form construction, choosing green products, and easy ways for the average homeowner to reduce their energy costs.
More Information on Going Green
Visit the Your Green Home section of our website for hundreds of articles and videos to help you save energy and make your home more eco-friendly. Here are a few to get you going.
CFL: A Bright Idea for Going Green
So you want to go green but aren’t sure how to take that first step without cleaning out your wallet in the process? Well look no further than the lighting aisle of your nearest home improvement store. There you’ll find a wide selection of compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, that will actually save you money while helping the environment at the same time.
Get Onboard the Recycle Cycle
The facts are undeniable: landfills are overflowing, forests are disappearing, water resources are being contaminated, and prices at the store are skyrocketing. What can be done to reverse this trend? The answer is surprisingly simple—recycling.
Sustainable Flooring: Bamboo and Cork
If you’re under the impression that environmentally friendly flooring products, such as bamboo and cork, are little more than the latest fad that will soon disappear, then think again. Though very different from each other, both are high quality products that make beautiful and durable floors. In addition, bamboo and cork are easy to install and cost about the same as traditional hardwood.
Eight Great Ways To Save On Heating Costs
With the cost of heating homes, it is obvious that families across the country need to find ways to save on their energy bills. Danny has some proven ways to help you save.
From high-tech gadgets to simple changes, Danny takes a look at some new ways to make your home green whether during new construction or a remodel. Automated irrigation systems, solar paneled roofs, and programmable thermostats are just a few of the green additions seen here.
Whether you call it building “green,” “eco-friendly” or “sustainable” the trend has taken hold. We talk to professionals about what it means to build “green” and see it first hand in homes and even entire communities.
Green Products for Your Home
One of the first steps in creating a green home is finding innovative, environmentally friendly products to incorporate into the construction or remodeling process. Green products are those manufactured from nontoxic, sustainable, or recycled materials. They also include items that save energy or can be easily recycled. Here are a few green products worth considering for your home.
Well this week I replaced my TP valve on my electric hot water tank, I added a drain for the blow out line so I can empty the line after testing the TP valve.
BUT more importantly, my unit is 6 1/2 years old, I pulled the Anode Rod, the magnesum is 98% destroyed, so I will be ordering a new one from Rheem. I am going to add a second Anode Rod to the hot water intake line.
This will go a long ways to extending the life of my hot water tank. Some plumbers and mfgs. say two to three times the normal life of the tank IF the Anode Rod is replaced as needed. Ck your Anode Rod annually. Tell your viewers.
Thanks for the water heater tip!
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