Remodeling your home can involve a lot of materials and waste. Fortunately, there are many ways you can ensure you are reducing the impact your remodel has on the environment. Here are some simple ways to do eco-friendly remodeling!
Green Materials: Paint, Roofing, Flooring, and More
The materials you use are one area where you can go a long way in reducing your impact. These days, since so many people are eco-conscious, it’s not difficult to find green solutions. Take paint, for example. Did you know that you can buy VOC-free paint? VOC (volatile organic compounds) are toxic and found in many traditional paints, and can leak into the environment. You can buy VOC-free paint to avoid this issue.
Paint isn’t the only material you use that probably has a green alternative. Everything from roofing and flooring to stains and caulks have green options on the market today. If you are willing to put in the work to find them, you can significantly improve how eco-friendly your remodel will be.
If you’re re-doing a bathroom or kitchen, water is something else you should think about. Some faucets are more efficient than others. There are kinds of faucets that are low-flow, meaning they reduce the rate at which water flows. This is a helpful technique to lower how much water you use when doing everything from washing your hands, taking a shower, or doing the dishes. Consider low-flow faucets and showerheads to reduce how much water your household uses.
Energy-Efficiency for Eco-Friendly Remodeling
There are a couple of ways you can increase the energy efficiency of your home too. For starters, consider how you’re lighting the house. Any way you can utilize natural lighting through windows or glass doors will dramatically lower your electric usage. Additionally, if you do need light bulbs, go for LEDs as they are the most efficient type.
In the kitchen, you’ll want to think about the efficiency of your appliances. Your refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, and dishwasher can all benefit from an efficiency analysis. Plus, your stove itself might need a second look. Today, there are many electric stoves that are extremely efficient, and better for the environment than gas stoves.
Look for Used Furniture
If you are looking to replace or add in some furniture, consider buying used or refurbished to cut down on your impact. There are a number of refurbished furniture stores and non-profits that can offer a great selection. You can even peruse a local yard sale and stumble across a hidden gem that you could reuse for your home. Avoiding a new piece of furniture will let you lower your carbon footprint even more.
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