Eco friendly ways you can renovate your home
After a while our homes need a change or some updating. They can seem tired and old and in need of a little refreshing. Ideally, perhaps, you might like to move to a larger home but the economy has you worried and you want to spend your money wisely. So instead, you’ve decided to renovate your home not only to perk it up but to better accommodate your current needs and lifestyle. If you haven’t thought to do so already, you might want to think about some environmentally savvy ways to renovate your home.
Here are a few of the ways you can go about renovating your home, keeping it “Green” in the process:
- Buy reclaimed fixtures / fittings.Don’t get caught up with having to have the newest and shiniest. Think about other materials like reclaimed wood which is not only an environmentally sound choice, but sublimely handsome and growing in popularity in all sorts of home renovation projects.
- See which fittings you can recycle. If you plan on tearing down walls or even knocking down entire rooms, walk around your home first to see what you can salvage and re-use beforehand.
- Donate unwanted / un-needed items no longer needed.
- Think wholly about energy efficiency. When you are shopping around for new appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens look for those that are the most energy efficient. This will in turn save you money on utilities.
- Consider looking to buy pre-owned materials.
- Insulate thoroughly throughout the property. Choose a high quality insulation. The better insulated your home is, the better it is protected from the elements. Your home will stay warmer in the wintertime, allowing you to keep your thermostat at a lower setting, and cooler during those hot summer months.
In the end, choosing to renovate your home in an eco-friendly manner not only helps the environment but allows you to do so while giving back to your community while saving some serious money. Like in any case, there may be an initial expense however in the long term, there are likely to be cost savings.