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This week’s Green Tips come from Sean Sturk and Minute Men Painters.

1. Use all the paint, even if you have to add an extra coat. The extra coat will provide walls with more protection. Keep in mind that a typical gallon can cover about 300 to 400 square feet.

2. Use quality water-based acrylic-latex paints. Because they contain low levels of solvents, these paints are environmentally friendly.

3. When doing a small project or touch-ups, purchase used paint. Stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore will sell them for a fraction of the cost of new paint. Unused paint will last forever, so you know you won’t be sacrificing quality.

4. Look into low- or no-VOC paints. Volatile organic compounds can be harmful to both your health and the environment. No- and low-VOC options are improving all the time, and can help make your home greener and healthier for everyone.

5. Make sure you’re using the right kind of paint. Whether you’re painting a bathroom, living-room wall, or exterior siding, there’s a paint for the job — and a green option, at that. Using the right paint will ensure more durability, meaning you’ll be spending less money down the road.

For information about Minute Men Painters, visit

For more green tips, visit or the Green Alliance blog at


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