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OUR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOME RENOVATION:
My husband and I are renovating an old house -- recycling at its best -- and are trying to do our small part in saving the planet while doing so. We have removed materials by hand (it's called de-construction) so that they can be reused and recycled. We will be adding insulation (the walls are 3 bricks thick with no insulation whatsoever!) and have already modified the roof to be more energy efficient and solar reflective. The windows will be chosen to be spectrally selective and appropriate to the sun's position in winter and summer. We are working with an HVAC specialist to correctly size the A/C (most homes use units that are over-sized and cause the motors to cycle too frequently.) The washer, dryer, refrigerator, and dishwasher have all been chosen for energy efficiency and minimal water use. The house will be well under 2000 sq ft as is appropriate for only 2 people. Even the plantings around the house are being designed to use native plants, less water, and provide appropriate shade in summer and sunlight in winter. All of this within the Richmond city limits. It's our contribution to the conservation of the planet. To see what we're doing, visit our website to watch the renovation progress. -- Maria

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