Celebrities building green, environmentally friendly homes inspire homeowners to remodel

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There is a hot new design trend in Hollywood social circles. Celebrities building green, environmentally friendly homes are being lauded for making sustainable lifestyle efforts. By acting as role models, eco-friendly star celebs are helping Americans set the tone for going green in their own homes — designing new and unique eco houses like this one that recently went on the market in DC circa Jan. 18, 2013.

Hollywood celebrities going greenFor instance, did you know that Don Cheadle, Danny DeVito, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, and Robin Williams all use solar energy to at least partially power their celebrity homes? Or that stars like Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Ashton Kutcher, Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Willie Nelson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Scarlett Johansson have all added eco-friendly updates to their own celebrity homes?

Photos of celebrities living comfortably in their own green homes provide compelling reason for homeowners to remodel their own housing. Using green building tips and techniques, interior designers and architects are able to work together to turn older homes into environmentally friendly places to be. Many times, faces of eco-friendly celebrities grace the covers or inside pages of reputable publications like architectural Digest magazine.

The greenhouses that celebrities are building often include luxury lifestyle features and executive style appointments that save homeowners or residents money on their water and electric bill while still keeping the residences chic. After all,who would not want to live like a Hollywood star if given the opportunity?

If you shop green when buying new appliances, doors, windows, faucet and shower bathroom fixtures, you might pay a little more on the front end but you will save money long-term by installing the top-of-the-line green building materials for any new home build or restoration project.

While some people choose to buy a prefab house that has been designed and built from the ground up to conserve energy and limit the carbon footprint made by any residents who live on the property, it is not practical to run right out and buy a brand-new pre-built house for most folks. Instead, finding a list of green companies who make sustainable building materials and supplies and to promote living green is often a first step for homeowners.

By relating bright green ideas and new product information you find while researching how to go green to contractors and remodeling experts, it is a smart way to use your own knowledge and purchasing power to help these environmentally friendly companies sell products while up-scaling your own properties. Just tell your builder that you want to use more green products in the construction of your house.

When any new construction or rebuild project is complete, you will be the proud new owner of a cool eco-house. Hopefully, your design project will be so successful and admired that people in your local neighborhood will be inspired to build their own eco-homes.

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