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Ways to Live Green in Your Sunroom

November 15, 2011 Categories: Home Renovation Tips Sunrooms

Ok, you have decided to install a new, energy efficient sunroom. It is important to you that you live green in all areas of your home. So, what can you use in your sunroom to make it the most "green"? We have some tips for you.

Linoleum flooring is 100% biodegradable - great choice for sunroom floorsLinoleum is rapidly becoming a popular choice for sunroom floors. It has come a long way since the 60's and there are some really beautiful styles to choose from. Linoleum is 100% biodegradable, non-allergenic, resists wearing and lasts up to 40 years. Plus, with all the sunroom entertaining that you will be doing, you'll like that the flooring is so easy to clean. Pick linoleum tiles made from renewable materials including solidified linseed oil, pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour and calcium carbonate.

Insulation comes in many forms. Patio Enclosures® sunrooms are constructed with superfoam insulated roofs in 3” and 6” thicknesses. The supporting l-beams are thermally engineered to reduce the transfer of heat and cold. Additionally, double-pane insulated low-e glass can be used to construct the most energy-efficient sunroom for your home.

Sunroom Ceiling Fans - Great Way to Circulate AirFans are also a great addition to your sunroom! They'll help cool your sunroom on hot summer days. Run them reverse (counterclockwise) during winter to move the warmer air that pools near the ceiling back down into your living space- keeping you warm and cutting your heating costs as much as 10%.

Energy-efficent bulbs come in a variety of color temperatures. Use them throughout your sunroom with a timer or a detector that turns the lights off when your sunroom is unoccupied. Check household electrical usage in real time and project your monthly bill with an energy monitor. You'll see exactly how much each appliance or activity costs and find easy ways to cut waste. You could save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills!

Relax in your sunroom knowing that you are doing your part to help conserve resources and enjoy a better quality of life.

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