Every chance to remodel is an opportunity to raise the quality of your life. Indeed, these days, eco-friendly solutions for households seem to crop up everywhere, and they will not only add a dimension of cutting-edge healthy homes, but they will also help protect your immediate environment. If you have such a window of opportunity in front of you, take a chance and try out some of these tips on green home renovations.
Reusable and recycled materials
The first and the most important tip one can give you when it comes to green renovation is to use reclaimed materials. Whatever is reusable or recycled is viable for your project. Reclaimed timber wood, stone and other materials are on the table, but you should also keep in mind that you can reuse entire crafted elements. For example, you should browse for reusable doors of a particular style, windows or shutters. You can also go to the flea market and see which second-hand items and pieces of furniture you can find. Flea markets can be a source of immeasurable treasure, plus you will get them at a reasonable price.
Find skilled contractors
When you are reconsidering your renovation goals, and especially if you want to go green, it simply is not enough to use energy efficient materials. Most contractors on the market are not savvy when it comes to ecological methods of renovating. You need to search for the green contractors that share your eco-friendly ideals, plus they need to be as skilled as possible in applying the most energy efficient methods during home building projects. Thankfully, since we live in the age of the internet, finding such contractors is not as laborious as it could have been before.
Make it quicker
Whenever you take up a remodelling project, you need to think about efficiency. A proper balance of energy efficiency and time management is an equation that makes for the most eco-friendly remodel. Consider integrating some innovative methods for processing materials in order to go through it significantly faster. For example, using an extremely efficient measuring stop will save you an astronomical amount of time and it will, for one project of any magnitude, spend less energy (be it electricity or fuel or both) than tools like chainsaw.
Energy efficient lighting
Whether you are renovating an entire household or just a small part of it, you can practically change your life (and the state of your wallet) by applying a holistic approach when it comes to energy efficient lighting. You can purchase enough LED light bulbs to refurbish the entire “light grid” of your household, especially the exterior if you own a backyard. These light bulbs are not on the cheap side, but they will return the investment. One such light bulb can last for half a decade, if not more, plus it spends the tenth of the electricity your regular incandescent bulb tends to devour.
Donate the leftovers
There is no such thing as a perfectly pristine remodel. Some collateral damage is a given when it comes to housing projects, both big and small. This means that you will end up with a heap of “junk” in form of discarded material and items. The most responsible thing to do is to “give back” to the same establishments where you have purchased reusable goods. Someone will definitely make use of that “junk” or at least recycle it so the elemental materials can be used once more. By doing this, you are contributing to the preservation of the environment considerably and refusing to add to the behemothic landfill mountains that are threatening to devour natural splendour.
The great champions of science and humanity like Elon Musk tend to state, with a sense of foreboding, that we are not advancing with our ecological solutions as fast as we should. On the other hand, considering the latest calculations, we are not beyond the point of saving. The trick is that, once you know the right information, you do not heed the “big picture”. Instead, do what you can to aid in the preservation of the planet. Be one of the bricks that build the collective house of the future.