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The following suggestions help. Some are greener sources of material, others help you be greener after the project is finished.
A space that is “too big” costs more to heat
Can you turn an enormous bathroom into a bathroom and a closet? Thereby reducing the space that needs to be heated.
The hot water pipes, the walls, and under the floor. Everywhere you insulate you reduce the rate at which heat leaks away.
Use low water fixtures
The EPA has a WaterSense designation. Look for it. Try a dual flush toilet (half flush for liquid waster, full flush for solid waste), and a low flow shower head (they don’t feel low flow any more).
Get Recycled Materials
This isn’t a future benefit, but allows you to obtain materials that have already been manufactured, thereby reducing the energy needed to make them (as they’re already made).
Locally Source Materials
Stuff that isn’t trucked in from far away comes to use on a smaller energy budget.
FSC Certified Lumber
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and is a designation given to lumber producers who maintain sustainable practices in harvesting lumber (if I understand it correctly, they run tree farms where they plant trees and harvest them later – they don’t cut down old growth forests).
Get Low or No VOC Materials
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. VOC’s are what you smell in glue, primer, paint, carpeting, cabinets, etc. Low VOC emits less and no VOC emits none. This is a bit of a health issue. That stuff you smell is a bit toxic, although it’s in our materials in small doses, but why not eliminate it completely?
Low Energy Lighting
Use airtight recessed light cans and or LED bulbs (which have gotten MUCH better in the past few years).
Ventilate your bathroom and kitchen directly to the outside. You do not want that moist air sitting in your attic where it makes a nice home for mold and mildew. Get it outside as quickly as possible. However, a push button timer switch on your bathroom exhaust fan makes sense. As you leave the room, let the fan run for 10 more minutes, knowing it will shut itself off even if you forget.
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