Save money while making your home green

LOS ANGELES Jeff Powell house in the Melrose district is about to be bulldozed and reconstructed.

"We designed it so that we'd have as little framing as we had to use so that cuts down on wood, and I think the one thing that people don't always think about is not only are we cutting down on wood, which saves us some money, but that cuts down on cutting down trees and the transportation and the pollution the transportation produces as well," Powell said.

Now most of us aren't about to tear down our home just to make it more green, but we could learn more about some of the eco-friendly products used in home construction.

Gary Drake of Drake Construction, who is doing the work on Powell's house, talked about a couple of cool green products like a new kind of drywall called Dragon Board.

"What's so good about this, it's mold free, waterproof," he said.

He also works with a metallic tile backsplash, which is made of reclaimed aluminum. It's half the price of the one made from stainless steel.

Drake said recycled materials make for greener construction.

"We're going to reuse all the existing lumber," Drake said.

Anne Goepel, a Larchmont village resident, just added on to her historic craftsman home, and recycling was part of the job.

"We reused all of the windows from the old first floor, those are now some place in the house," she said.

Going green just makes sense.

"It's really an exciting time with all the products that we're really starting to reuse and rethink, and trying to be nice to our Mother Earth," Drake said.

Simply reusing some of the materials already in your home can make a difference, and, if you can't use them, then consider donating the items to charitable organizations that can use them, such as Habitat for Humanity.

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