After a while our homes need a change or a few alterations. They can seem outdated and old and in need of a little refreshing. So, if you haven’t thought to do so already, you may want to consider some environmentally safe ways to renovate your home.
1. Buy reclaimed
Don’t get caught up with having to have the newest and shiniest. Think about other materials like reused wood which is not only a great choice, but very handsome and increasing in popularity in myriad of homes. Reclaimed wood is a wonderful choice for counter-tops, flooring, and walls. In the end, you will conserve time, money and energy that would be required to produce a similar and newer product.
2. Deconstruct your home – do not destroy it!
If you desire to tear down your walls or even knocking down entire rooms, walk around your home first to see what you can salvage and re-use beforehand. Not only is this eco-friendly, but it will help your wallet in the end. There will be a ton of material you can salvage and re-use. Salvage everything from light fixtures, to flooring, tile, bricks, cabinets and molding.
3. Give away your unwanted items.
Don’t throw anything away; instead bring it to Goodwill or a consignment shop. Perhaps you also have a crafty friend who might enjoy repainting and re-purposing some of your items. With this in mind, not only are you being environmentally friendly, but you are truly giving back to the community.
4. Be energy-efficient
When you are shopping around for new appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens look for those that are the most energy efficient. These products will have the Energy Star emblem right on them and will provide you with all the information you need.
Select high quality insulation. The more insulated your home is, the better it is protected from the elements. Your home will be warmer in the winter, enabling you to keep your thermostat at a lower setting, and cooler during those hot summer days.
6. Let the rays shine in!
Plenty of people are starting to use solar energy when remodeling their homes. Solar energy can impact heating bills as well. Solar panels and skylights are great to keep energy costs low. They can be used to heat and often give enough power for small items like fountains to run.
7. Go to salvage yards and antique shops
Antique shops and consignment shops are great locations for items such as doorknobs, light fixtures and even mantels. Not only does this help your pockets, but these great items will add a charm and warmth to your home incomparable to its more modern relatives.
Ultimately, choosing to renovate your home in an eco-friendly way not only helps the environment but allows you to do so while giving back to your community while saving some money. What’s not to love about being environmentally savvy when it comes to your home?