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Quick Earth Day checklist for greening your home April 19, 2010

it’s a great time to bring about lifestyle changes that can help the Earth, and what better place to start than in your own home?

There are many little things people can do in the home to play a small part in reducing landfill waste, preserving the landscape, conserving water and cleaning the air. Green alternatives within the home are also often the more frugal option.

Matt Knox, CEO and Co-Founder of DiggersList, an online home improvement resource, has some small, easy, green choices that people can make in their homes. Just by choosing a couple on the list, you can help make a positive impact on Earth Day.

                Cutting Your Energy Usage:

  • Cooling and lighting a home are the most expensive and energy-consuming aspects of running a household. Reduced energy consumption conserves our resources, and in doing so, our money.  Green Builders homes use a number of smart, natural methods to generate energy, and save it as well.
  • Switching from standard incandescent bulbs to florescent bulbs, which are used in all Green Builders homes, can decrease your energy usage by 66%.Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs generate less heat and last longer. Since they need to be replaced less frequently, less packaging ends up in our landfills.
  •  Based on the orientation of the home, adding overhangs or awnings will provide additional shade to decrease heat gain. This will help you use less air-conditioning during the hot summer months.
  •  Electronics use electricity even when they are turned off. Think about anything in your house that has a clock or responds to a remote control. In order for the clock to keep time, it needs electricity and in order for the TV to respond to the ‘On’ command from the remote, it needs electricity. The only way to have something not use any electricity is to unplug it.
  • A programmable thermostat is an easy way to save on heating/cooling costs. You can buy one for under $50 at any home improvement store. This is one purchase that you shouldn’t put off.      

Curbing water usage:

  • Water conservation is vitally important, especially in drought-prone areas. Here are some of the ways that people can addresses the needs of those living here now and those yet to come. Also, using low-flow showerheads and toilets can cut water usage by half while maintaining desired water pressure. 
  • The aerators in low-flow fixtures cut your water usage, but not your comfort and they use up to 40-50% less water than conventional faucets/showers, 2.5 gallons/minute vs. 4-5 gallons/minute/.T
  • Toilets: New toilets require less than 1/3 the water.
  • Custom-programmable sprinkler systems with rain sensors also help tremendously because water can be dispensed when needed, rather than according to an arbitrary schedule.
  • Gutters with rain barrels. The captured water can be used in landscaping.
  • Direct vent tankless water heaters are installed in every home, ensuring that heated water is provided on an as-needed basis.
  • Flower beds are layered with crushed granite, mulch and loam to better retain water. Additionally, a 4’’ layer of chocolate loam top soil is used in the front and backyards to maintain a beautiful lawn while requiring less water.

Clearing up the air in your home:

  •  Front-loaded washing machines are encouraged, as they generate less humidity in the home. 
  • Exhaust fans in kitchen, bath and utility rooms remove humidity. Attic fans should not be used because they promote humidity and draw the cooled air out of the home.

Thinking about building or updating your baby’s nursery? Check this out! has teamed up with Adam Carolla’s Network hit podcast, “The Parent Experiment” to produce a series of web podcast episodes focused on easy to do home improvement projects for parents. Hitting the web this Friday, April 23rd, the podcast will feature “The Parent Experiment” hosts Teresa Strasser and Lynette Carolla, along with Matt Knox, CEO and Co-Founder of DiggersList, who will demonstrate how parents can do improvements to the child’s nursery without breaking their budget. Here is the teaser to the podcast: DiggersList/The Parent Experiment Teaser, and the podcast will be available on the “The Parent Experiment” site to download.

 Additional DiggersList/The Parent Experiment podcasts will be airing throughout the months of April and May.


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