Individuals have long been concerned with environmental issues, taking measures such as using energy-efficient appliances. Recently, companies have joined in by using recycled materials and installing solar power arrays on property. Chances are, there is still more to be done at your home or business. Just look around; eco-friendly exteriors can be sustainable, useful, and beautiful.
Combine the strength of steel with the look and versatility of wood in a totally sustainable product by choosing composite privacy fence to mark the boundaries of your property.
Available in a variety of colors and textures, with protection from the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays built in, composite fences are lightweight yet strong and installation requires the same tools as wood or aluminum products.
For the ideal combination of safety, protection and energy saving, install motion-activated lighting inside and out. Entrances are a perfect place—motion lights provide convenience for the entrant who won’t need to fumble for keys in the dark and security for those inside who may want to be notified of activity by the front door. Other popular locations for motion-sensing fixtures include gates, bathrooms and hallways.
Replace outside hardscapes and patios with soft, durable recycled tires. Available in just about any color you can think of and versatile enough to fit any shape, outdoor turf and play surfaces are an ideal use for old tires. Other landscaping uses include molded planters and benches, mulch and outdoor mats. Many hospitals install recycled rubber flooring for the sound-deadening properties and joint-cushioning comfort.
Whether you live in the rainforest or the desert, harvesting rainwater is a good idea. Catchment systems collect water from roofs or tanks, direct the water to a holding area where it can be filtered or treated if necessary, then supply the water to areas where it is desired such as gardens or irrigation systems. They assist with drainage, alleviate potential flooding and help beautify the landscape. In areas where water is scarce and therefore expensive, rainwater harvesting can save money while helping to save the planet.