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Save Money, Save Energy, Go Green!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

 

 

What does "green" mean to you? The list is endless and the definition of "green" is different for many people.  The fundamental concept of green is conserving the earth’s resources so that they are not depleted faster than they can be replenished. Learn to make conscious choices and be aware of potential consequences. Here are just a few of the ways people live a greener lifestyle:

Become less wasteful and more energy-efficient.
Remember to turn off lights, unplug unused appliances, and wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

Save money on energy costs.
Turn down thermostats, replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, and clean dryer filters.

Find cheaper, earth-sustainable alternatives.
Ride bikes, take mass transit, and use paperless statements.

Make healthier basic choices for your home.
Use solvent-free grout, low-formaldehyde carpet pads and insulation, low-VOC paint, or a water treatment system.

Build with recycled materials.
Choose reclaimed wood, recycled steel, or recycled material countertops.

Ask Titus Built for tips about conserving natural resources and saving energy costs.

Environmentally Friendly Cork Flooring

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Pacific Origins Photo of Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is one of the most environmentally friendly floorings on the market. It also is one of the best natural sound-absorbing materials available. Pet traffic is generally not an issue; keeping your large dog’s nails trimmed will help keep your cork flooringlooking beautiful. Cork has an advantage over hardwoods as it is resilient, absorbs impact and doesn’t scratch or gouge as easily as hardwood. If you purchase the high-density cork that is used in commercial and industrial floors you will find it wears like iron. Pre-finished cork seams are unfinished and will turn black over time. It is best to buy site-finished cork that is cover with a low-VOC polyurethane varnish or a less durable wax coating.

 

Cork Flooring

Natural, Sound-Absorbing and Resilient

 

The natural colors of cork can range from almost white to deep, dark browns. Cork flooring comes in both tiles and panels – a thickness in the 3/16-inch range is typical for the one-foot-square tiles. The darkness of the earth tones is controlled by how long the cork is baked. The longer it is baked, the darker brown it becomes. The panels are one foot by three feet and they snap together similarly to laminate flooring. They look similar to hardwood planks when finished.

 

 

the good and the bad about cork flooring

 

 

Here’s a great cork flooring article from Donna Frasca, Interior Designer/Color Expert. Highly specialized in designing color palettes for homes and businesses. Charlotte, NC (http://decoratingbydonna.com):  http://bit.ly/OPVoE4