Green Matters: Home of Green Living Expert Crissy Trask » Green Remodeling http://www.greenmatters.com Candid and sensible green living advice since 1999. Fri, 02 May 2014 23:07:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Decorate Your Home Locally http://www.greenmatters.com/decorate-home-locally/ http://www.greenmatters.com/decorate-home-locally/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:38:42 +0000 http://www.greenmatters.com/?p=1613 The best interior designers combine furnishings, art and textiles from a variety of sources or styles to create unique, personalized, eclectic looks. You can achieve a design vision that has an eclectic quality too—and one that is easier on the environment—if you are willing to seek out local artists and craftspeople who create truly one-of-a-kind pieces right in your ‘hood! ]]> http://www.greenmatters.com/decorate-home-locally/feed/ 0 Latex Paint Clean-up http://www.greenmatters.com/latex-paint-clean-up/ http://www.greenmatters.com/latex-paint-clean-up/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:01:57 +0000 http://www.greenmatters.com/?p=1393
A reader, Doug, sent us this question on how to clean paint brushes. 

QUESTION:  How should I clean latex paint out of brushes, rollers and trays?  Is it better to rinse them off in the sink so the water goes to the treatment facility, or to rinse them off outdoors over the ground so the … Continue reading

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PEX or Copper Piping: Which Would You Want in Your Home? http://www.greenmatters.com/pex-or-copper-piping-which-would-you-want-in-your-home/ http://www.greenmatters.com/pex-or-copper-piping-which-would-you-want-in-your-home/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 21:31:10 +0000 http://www.greenmatters.com/?p=1074

Plumbing has been on my mind lately—plumbing pipes in particular.  I’m shopping around for a new home and near the top of my “don’t want” list is cross-linked polyethylene (or PEX) piping—a controversial flexible plastic piping that is replacing copper in many re-pipe and new construction projects.

Copper piping is still the most common type … Continue reading

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You Can Have a Green Home Too http://www.greenmatters.com/you-can-have-a-green-home-too/ http://www.greenmatters.com/you-can-have-a-green-home-too/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2008 21:04:42 +0000 http://greenmatters.com.s63836.gridserver.com/?p=294 I’ve been hearing a lot lately that green homes are for rich people. To that I say, hold on a second! The green home ideal you’re used to seeing in magazines and upscale neighborhoods is typically overly lavish and grossly oversized. There is nothing green about a 6,000 sf home no matter what its building … Continue reading

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Mixology http://www.greenmatters.com/mixology/ http://www.greenmatters.com/mixology/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:06:54 +0000 http://greenmatters.com.s63836.gridserver.com/?p=297 Four years ago I painted my living room walls a sage green. I loved the color at the time. It complimented the 100-year old oak floors, pine molding and my furniture nicely. But after living with this cool, greyish, green color the last four years, I now believe it was the wrong choice. My living … Continue reading

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My Old House http://www.greenmatters.com/my-old-house/ http://www.greenmatters.com/my-old-house/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2008 22:03:49 +0000 http://greenmatters.com.s63836.gridserver.com/?p=339 For those living in a Northern climate, like me, it’s time to start thinking about getting the house ready for winter. That means getting storm windows out of storage and cleaning them, making an appointment to have the heating system serviced, searching for cracks where heated air can escape, and making a shopping list for … Continue reading

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