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Old 04-01-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Beautiful NC
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What can we consider for our new house to make it more green ?

- Solar panels (haven't seen these much here - is this a good idea ?)
- Rain barrels to make better use of rain water
- Drought resistant grass for the lawn
- Flourescent lights

Thx for suggestions !
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:56 PM
 
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Make sure your appliances are energy efficient. Including Washer/Dryer. That is probably my next big purchase.

My traditional hot water heater takes forever and a day to deliver hot water to the sinks. I wish I'd gotten a tankless one that provided instant hot water.

Since you are looking into a home theater per your other thread, be aware that a lot of todays electronics can use a lot of power. You might want to look at energy uses there.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Dont forget to make sure you have proper insulation or if you can work on that part. They have the blankers for hot water heaters that are supposed to help them be more efficient if you do not have a tankless... I wish I had gotten one of those as well

I just bought nice front load washer/dryer that were well priced and work great, all while using less water and energy. Make sure you review all the appliances you buy to see where they are in the range of energy use on the chart.

Not sure about solar panels here, I had them in Miami for the water heater and it was great. Still looking for a rain barrel thats not $100.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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When you replace carpet, get recycled carpet! We did our selections for our new home and one of the choices was recycled "green" carpet (I believe it was Shaw). So we got that.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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if your house is still in construction, you can opt for insulation that is made out of denim (from old jeans) instead of fiberglass.............yes, these things are a bit more expensive, but worth it in the long run.

i would second the tankless water heater, I so wish we had one.

Definitely recycled carpet, or you can opt for flooring that is bamboo, and have it throughout the house.

I have thought about solar panels, and I really think it depends on where you live. I don't think we would get enough sun on our lot. NC State has a great green housing group and has the NC Solar center, which may give you some more information.

Leigh
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:15 PM
 
Location: WA
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I don't know if you're talking about new construction or a pre-existing home, but one of the more eco-friendly things you can consider is location. Is your home close to your jobs and other places you go? If you have to drive 20 miles to get to the nearest grocery store, all the compact floros don't really make much of a difference.
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Beautiful NC
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Thanks all for the suggestions. It is going to be a new house. Was definitely going to pay attention to the appliance energy star ratings.

Will seriously look at carpets out of recycled material and insulation blanket around the water heater.

Commute/groceries/schools are all within a 10min radius
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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This board "Green Living" may provide you with some additional ideas. Good luck.

Green Living Forum - Relocation, Moving, Local City Discussions - City-Data Forum
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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FYI, tank water heaters newer than 2004 do not require blankets for efficiency.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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Moved from the NC forums.
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