There are so many factors to think about when undergoing a remodel. Of course, you’ve probably figured out a color scheme and what type of appliances you’d like to include in your new space, but there is something else you should consider.
First, you may be wondering what a green home is. Basically, it is a home that uses eco-friendly materials and systems to minimize energy usage.
If you’ve decided to renovate your current home instead of building a new one, you’re already one step ahead of the game since renovating does not use nearly as many resources as building a brand-new home.
However, depending on how old your home is, you may have to do a lot of upgrading to make it energy efficient. If you aren’t in the market for a whole home remodel, here are some areas you should focus on to make your home greener:
Choose Low Impact Materials
The materials you choose for your remodel should be made with sustainability in mind. Low-impact materials have a lower environmental impact, meaning they emit fewer toxins and are often made of recycled materials. Here are some low-impact materials you should consider using:
It looks good, it’s trendy, and it is more sustainable than using new timber.
One of the most eco-friendly options available. Bamboo is biodegradable, antibacterial, and chemical-free.
Made from water and clay, clay bricks are recyclable and won’t release toxic chemicals if it is thrown into a landfill. It also does a better job of regulating the inside temperature.
Upgrade to Low-Flow Fixtures
If you’re remodeling your bathroom, make sure to install low-flow fixtures. These fixtures, like your toilet, faucet, and shower, use less water than the standard bathroom fixtures.
In some cases, water usage can be reduced by 60% without making changes to your daily habits.
For example, with a low-flow toilet, there are two flush options that allow for water conservation in a way that’s easy and convenient. A low-flow shower head is another must-have since it will reduce the water through laminar technology or aeration and won’t reduce the water pressure, so you’ll still have a comfortable shower.
Upgrade the Insulation
Regardless of which space in your home you are remodeling, upgrading the insulation is necessary if you want to make your home more energy efficient. Adding insulation to your attic, walls, and floors will reduce the amount of air that escapes or enters your home, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
That means that you won’t be running your heating and cooling system as much, so you’ll also reduce your heating and cooling costs and also make your home more comfortable – a true win-win! If you have questions about how to make your remodeling project greener, we are here to help! We are an accredited green builder/remodeler and would love to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly.