Building A Better, Greener Home for Our Kids
Creating and maintaining an eco-friendly home environment means using resources such as energy and water wisely. Although this may seem like a simple task for some, it can be more complicated for families with young children. Educating children in the home is a necessary part of making positive changes. This means children must be taught the importance of conserving natural resources and being green. Parents must also stand as role models for their kids by not only making environmentally friendly changes to the home but also changing personal habits that are in opposition to their desire for a greener home.
Conservation for Kids
Kids can be a major source of energy consumption in the home. Parents must teach their children to conserve energy by turning off appliances when not in use. Older kids should be advised to unplug items such as cell phone chargers when they are finished using them, as they continue to consume energy simply by being plugged in. Because kids often play video games and watch television, it's important for parents to purchase Energy Star-rated TVs and other appliances. And energy isn't the only resource that requires conserving. When brushing one's teeth or washing one's hands, the water should be turned off until it is needed for rinsing. Shorter showers with low-pressure shower heads can also help conserve water use.
- Energy Efficiency Links: AEC Consultants has a lengthy list of links to websites that discuss energy efficiency and sustainability.
- Alternative Energy: Read about alternative energy by clicking on this link to the Keyhole Journey website. People who visit this page will find links to videos and articles.
- Change for Global Change: Educational Resources: People interested in articles and websites that are eco-friendly and educational should click this link. On the page, visitors will find a list of educational links for the whole family.
- Tips for Conserving: Residents of Visalia, California, can get tips on how to conserve energy by clicking on this link.
- CPV Educates: Click on this page to learn about CPV Educates and their curriculum. The page also includes a list of educational resources that teachers or parents may helpful when teaching children about energy and energy conservation.
- Earth Day: Make fun Earth Day plans for the family with the activity, song, craft, and food ideas that are featured on this page.
- Green, the Eco-Friendly Real Estate Web Page: Green Home Improvement Links: On this page, homeowners will find links on trends toward greener home renovation or construction.
- Meet TOLBY! Kids and their parents can click on this link to the MN Energy Challenge site to read about energy efficiency. The page includes a video and an action guide that gives tips on saving energy.
- Just for Kids: Click this link for a resource page that features links to energy conservation sites for kids.
- Educational Links From Home Repair, Environmental, and Energy Sites: Help teach children about energy and energy conservation by clicking on this link. Parents will find a number of links that kids will find both educational and interesting.
- Kids Zone: Teach kids about saving energy by clicking on this link to the McKenzie Electric Cooperative. The page features fun energy-related links for children.
- South Shore Clean Cities Educational Material: This link takes adults and children to a page that features educational links that are environmental and conservation-focused.
- Electric Power With Less Fuel and CO2: Clicking on this link opens up an article about energy conservation and CO2 emissions.
- Elementary Energy Day Links: Conservation, Home Improvement, and More: Teachers and parents who visit this page will find a list of links to games, articles, videos, and programs that target elementary school students for Energy Day.
- Energy and Sustainability for Home Improvement and Efficiency: Visit this page on the Kent ISD website for informational and educational links on residential efficiency, alternative energy, local energy and sustainability resources, conservation for kids, and efforts at Kent ISD.
Home Improvements for Efficiency
Making improvements around the house can go a long way toward building a greener home for the family. These improvements can be made in nearly every room and will help increase energy efficiency and save money on electricity costs. Depending on one's budget, these improvements can be small or large in cost and scale. Some improvements can be as simple as installing ceiling fans that may be adjusted to circulate air for the winter or the summer. More expensive improvements to the home may involve replacing a hot water heater with a solar-powered heater or adding solar panels to the roof. To reduce cooling costs in the summer, families may consider planting shade trees outdoors. Check windows, ducts, and the roof for things such as drafts or leaks and have them repaired. Energy-efficient siding and insulation can also improve the energy efficiency of a home.
- Average Cost of a Kitchen Home Improvement Project: Click this link to the Woodworking Network to read an article about the cost of kitchen remodeling. The page discusses what the report describes as the largest parts of a kitchen remodel and includes a link.
- Home Improvement Resources: Kitchen Remodel: Scroll down this page for posts related to kitchen remodeling.
- Five Questions You Should Have About Home Improvement and Elon Musk's New Solar Roofs: Homeowners interested in the latest solar technology may click this link to read a Popular Science article about solar roofs by Solar City and Elon Musk.
- Looking Beyond the Job: Integrating Home Improvement and the Upsell: This page discusses upgrading the roof when selling a home.
- Home Repair and Foundations: Shelby, TX: Click this link to read about foundation repair services. On this page, visitors will find a video and can read about common symptoms of a foundation in need of repairs and ways that they can be made.
- Fix, Repair, and Improve Your Home: People who are interested in attending the Community College of Baltimore County can click this link for a short introduction to home improvement courses that are offered by the college.
- Utah Couple Remodels Homes in New Show: This page of the Daily Universe online paper features an article about the Utah Valley couple who appear on the DIY Network show called Old Home Love. The article talks with the couple about family, the show, and how they got started renovating homes.
- Renovation Projects: Completed and Planned Projects: Open this Columbia University page for a list of Columbia Housing's completed and planned renovation projects.
- The Museum of Weird Consumer Culture: Visitors to this page will find a photo gallery of unusual home improvement ads and/or products.
- Erb Memorial Union Renovation: University of Oregon students and their parents should click this link to visit the renovation page for the Erb Memorial Union. Once here, students will find a "Give Now" link to contribute to the renovation project, statistics, and links to further information.
- Lorain County Community College: Construction: On this page, students will find links to the college's construction programs and how to transfer credits to a university. In addition, high school students will also find information on how to earn college credits before they graduate.
- The Value of Home Improvements: This University of California Office of Loan Programs page reviews home improvements as investments.
- Home Improvement Fact Sheet: On this page from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, people will find nine facts about home improvement. The page also includes information about escrow accounts, alternative surety bonds, penalties against contractors, and local licensing laws.
- New Jersey Green Home Remodeling Guidelines Version 1.0: Open this page of the Rutgers Center for Green Building website for a link to a remodeling guideline document.
- Renovation Services/Estimates: The University of Arizona Business Affairs facilities management website contains information about remodeling services that they provide. They talk about how to make requests, cost estimates, securing funding, and scheduling. A FAQ is included at the end.
- Home Maintenance and Repair: Minor Home Improvements Certificate: Visit this Pima Community College page to see information about a home repair and maintenance course.
- Your Home Environment Resource: Read about home remodeling safety tips on the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension website. The article talks about asbestos removal, mold, dust, and other hazards that do-it-yourself remodeling projects might present.
- Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know: Click this link to find a brief article about remodeling to accommodate people with disabilities.
- Home Improvements and Repairs: The Iowa attorney general's website gives advice on how to select a contractor for home improvements and repairs. It covers checking references, getting multiple estimates in writing, analyzing contracts, how much to pay up front, financing options, and scams.
- Students Compete at Home Improvement Show: Go here to see a picture of four Gateway Technical College interior design students who participated in the NARI home improvement contest.
- Thomas Jefferson High School Renovation: Get news about a high school renovation project on this page. It includes a link to a brochure as well as a YouTube video.
- Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA): The Department of Veterans Affairs website has information their rehabilitation and prosthetic services on this page. Visitors can find out what services they will and will not pay for, grant amounts and lifetime benefit limits, as well as how to apply for a grant.
- Home Improvement Basics: Do it Yourself: Visit this page to read about the Community College of Allegheny County's home improvement class.
- Community College of Allegheny County: House and Garden: Students interested in learning about basic carpentry, electricity, drywall, plumbing, and other home improvement subjects will find useful information about related college courses here.
- Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960 by Richard Harris: Click this link to read a book review about the home improvement industry.
- Library Addition and Renovation: This page contains information about the UC Santa Barbara Library renovation project.