Angie's List: eco-friendly contractors


Going green doesn't just mean recycling at home. If you're hiring a contractor, you may want to think about selecting one that's eco-friendly.

From new construction to major remodels, Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks, said homeowners are increasingly turning to energy efficient and green building practices to make their homes move environmentally friendly.

"In a recent Angie's List poll more than 70 percent of the respondents said they are interested in green services. And, 15 percent said they hire exclusively green service providers. So my guess is this trend is going to continue and become more and more important", said Hicks.

In a recent poll more than two-thirds of respondents say they were skeptical if contractors were really eco-friendly. Don't take their word at face value. Make sure you do your research, beginning with certification.

LEED Certification means that an independent, third party verifies a home meets high performance standards in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. And contractors certified as green professionals by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry must document experience and training.

And you can be a part of the eco-friendly movement by taking small steps around your home.

"There are a lot of eco-friendly opportunities for consumers around their house. For example, if your hardwood floor is in need of attention, you can potentially repair it instead of taking it out. Also, when you are painting, use non-toxic, low VOC paint. Even housecleaners are looking at eco-friendly opportunities uses eco-friendly products when cleaning," said Hicks.