Green Remodeling: Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

You can retrofit your current home for cheaper energy bills and a more beautiful, livable space — without having to move. Five energy experts and architects explain how to make your home more energy-efficient.

A remodeled home is inherently sustainable because you're minimizing your use of new materials and taking advantage of existing infrastructure.
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Architect Kelly Lerner renovated this kitchen, which has a natural cork floor, recycled Douglas fir and wheat-board cabinets, and natural-pigment milk paint finishes.
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Green remodeling minimizes use of new materials and takes advantage of existing infrastructure.
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Adding natural light and energy-efficient appliances to your kitchen will reduce your utility bills.
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Here comes the sun! Properly installed skylights can improve the lighting and air flow in your home.
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Prioritize your window renovations; sealing up existing windows is often a better option than installing new.
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Prioritize your window renovations; sealing up existing windows is often a better option than installing new.
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You can just as easily add many renewable energy features to an old home as you can to a new one.
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