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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.

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Seven Ideas For Eco-Friendly Kitchens

by Kent George

Routine kitchen use tends to consume a lot of resources. When you're cooking and cleaning in your kitchen, you're constantly consuming water and energy. This not only increases your utility bills, but it also contributes to the carbon footprint of your home.

If you're considering a kitchen remodel, you can turn your project into an eco-friendly investment in your home's future that can save you money down the line if you incorporate any of the following ideas:

Use fluorescent lights

Kitchen lighting costs can be cut back by anywhere from 30 and 60 percent with fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent lighting is not only great for the kitchen, but can also cut back electricity consumption in any room of the house. 

Put in a recycling station

Designating a certain area of your kitchen for recycling efforts will encourage members of your household to recycle. Getting some recycling cabinets on wheels and stationing them in a prominent spot is a convenient way to get recyclable waste where it needs to go on collection day. 

Consider a convection oven

A convection oven is more efficient than a traditional oven because it is able to cook foods around 25 percent faster. This means that oven temperature doesn't need to be maintained as long, so less energy is consumed. 

Get a top/bottom refrigerator and freezer unit

Did you know that top/bottom refrigerator and freezer units are more efficient than side-by-side units? A top/bottom unit makes it so that less cold air gets out when doors are opened. 

Choose natural fabrics

Often, synthetic fabrics are made through processes that result in chemical waste that harms the environment. On the other hand, natural fabrics like wool or cotton won't have such negative environmental consequences.

Use sustainably produced wood

There are quite a few options to choose from if you are looking for ways to minimize the environmental consequences of harvesting the wood you use in your kitchen. Perhaps the best option is using scrap wood where possible.

Other sustainable options include bamboo and cork. Bamboo can be used in the kitchen for cutting boards, flooring material, and backsplashes. Cork in particular is great for kitchens because it is known for being mildew resistant and hypoallergenic. 

Use stone-chipped composite for countertops

Rather than having a new granite or quartz countertop installed, you can use a stone-chipped composite countertop that's made from recycled materials. This type of countertop can be designed to resemble granite or quartz, and stone-chipped composite is often just as durable as the countertop materials it is made to resemble. 

For more information, contact K Squared Construction or a similar company.

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