Every house requires maintenance. And for most homeowners is mostly just a pain. But for those who favor green living, home maintenance can be an opportunity to take additional steps down that green path.
Check into aerolite insulation at the local home goods store. If it is possible for the home owner to install the roof insulation on their own, this is an inexpensive project that will pay for itself in energy savings over the next few years. Roof insulation can be done by local contractors or handy men if the homeowner is not able.
I also liked the “Green” toilet, it had a second water storage tank. The second water tank was drawing water from the sink waste. The system was automatic. This is important, as my kids are lazy, any effort needed from them was a no go from day one.
Most ice dam melting socks are nylon; this nylon sock can be used again and again to remove ice dams from your roof. Most ice melt socks do not include ice melt or throw cord. Typical sock when filled weight 3 pounds, and is 18 inches long, ice melt sock lasts for months. This is based on melt of 20-40 Square yards of roof snow per sock used. Place one sock every 10-15 feet at right angles above channel eaves and gutters. Reuse sock until empty.
Hot water thermostats: A programmable thermostat can do wonders for your energy bills. You can program it as per your needs when you are out he can maintain a lower temperature and before you come back you can program it to begin reheating the building. No more lying awake wondering if you forgot to turn off the heat!
Boilers: Check your boiler to ensure that it’s completely energy efficient. You can now get money back on your old boiler if you decide to replace it with a more cost and fuel efficient model. Governments all around the World are taking the initiative in the old-new boiler replacement grant option. Check your current boiler thermostat, it should be set at 60 degrees.
The key is to make sure you are dealing with a contractor that won’t cut corners. So ask around to see what others have to say before you spend your hard earned money. There is nothing worse than having to go back and spend more money just to get the metal roof insulation installed the right way. So do your research before you hire any contractor.