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If you’re like the majority of homeowners, you want to make greener choices when building, updating, or simply maintaining your house, but aren’t sure where to start. Here are a few eco-friendly suggestions to send you in the right direction:

Roof. Solar shingles and living rooftops are becoming more popular – and more affordable – options. And don’t forget to up your energy efficiency in the attic with high R-value insulation. You can even get products made from recycled materials.

Outside. Gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s another way to help keep things green. Growing your own produce means you can avoid the use of pesticides and other chemicals, manage the amount of water used as well as compost to both reduce waste sent to the landfill and nourish your garden.

Interior. From recirculating water pumps to energy efficient appliances to low or no VOC building materials, there is an environmentally friendly choice at every step. It’s true that green products can cost a bit more, but even if you can only afford one eco-conscious product you are contributing to a healthier and more sustainable planet.