June 1, 2012

Eco-Friendly Remodels


If you are in the market for a new Denver basement remodel, or even a complete remodel, why not go green! Sure it may cost a little more up front but the return on investment is worth every penny. In a time where instant gratification is sought after and more often than not preferred. Here is a list of helpful tips to make going green not only easy, but quick and cost effective.

• Simply change your lighting. The additions of florescent light bulbs are an easy way to save energy, thus saving you money. Along with being a money saver, fluorescent bulbs save over 2000 times their weight in emitted greenhouse gasses.

• Installing durable, sustainable bamboo flooring. Not only is this wood naturally sustainable, but it is also naturally resistant to bacteria and naturally beautiful. Bamboo comes in several different natural colors and resists wear and tear. When choosing your bamboo floor try to choose from those companies that are formaldehyde and glue free in their production, and those that procure their flooring from farms and not the wild.

• Swap out those granite and marble countertops with those made from recycled materials. Concrete countertops made from recycled materials are becoming quite popular lately. Not only are they durable but they are very fashionable and can be colored to fit any d├ęcor. Recently, such things as patterns, designs and different looks to imitate certain stone such as marble and granite have become available. When properly cared for a concrete countertop can easily last a homeowner 20+ years.

• Solar and wind powered energy for your home is a great option if you want to save money on your electric bill. The upfront cost of solar can seem somewhat intimidating at first so check the area where you live to find tax breaks and incentives for using solar power. Generally if the proper steps are taken, your solar system can come at little to no cost to you at the end of the year.

• One of the most obvious changes you can make is swapping out your appliances for those that are more energy efficient. Most appliance stores have a section of energy efficient products and come from things like refrigerators to washers and dryers. Most stores offer rebates and discounts for those buying these products and many times you can receive a tax break from your local government.

• Tankless or tank free water heaters are a great option if you have a household that uses a high volume of hot water. These products make it possible to have on the spot hot water without running the risk of it going cold. The tankless feature makes it so water is never being stored and heated, wasting precious energy.

So as you can see if you are in the market for a green, energy efficient Denver basement remodel there are many cost effective options. Give the friendly pros at Aspen Builders the opportunity to help make a difference in your life. 

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