When you're fixing up your home, from tile choices to appliances, there are a lot of things on your mind. One consideration many people overlook, however, is implementing environmentally friendly practices during the remodel process. From using power tools, to old materials heading to the trash, and the energy and resources required to make the new materials, it's important to keep sustainability in mind during the remodel process. From recycling materials, to opting for energy efficient lighting options, here are a few ways to make your remodel more environmentally friendly.
Use Recycled, Repurposed and Upcycled Materials
Have you ever seen a ceiling or accent wall made from reclaimed barn wood? It can be absolutely lovely, giving a shabby chic or rustic feeling to a space. Depending on where you live and your personal tastes, there are many options for using recycled materials in your home. From insulation to décor, take a moment to consider unusual and exciting recycled materials to your remodel. You can even reuse materials from one part of your home in another space during the remodel.
Recycle and Reclaim Your Old Materials
There are many ways to repurpose materials from your home remodel. From implementing old cement blocks into your garden or hard, to moving dated light fixtures from into your basement, attic or garage if they're still in working order. Be creative. Your imagination is your only limit.
Donate and Recycle What You Can't Use
There are a lot of charities, like the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, that will accept your used, vintage or excess materials, fixtures and building supplies. There are a number of charities that will also take your old furniture, clothing and other items when you're downsizing your possessions or updating your furniture, so look for options in your area before throwing out home solutions.
Invest in Energy Efficiency
Look for Energy Star certified appliances, insulated doors and windows, and other ways to reduce your energy use. Heating and cooling represent a lot of a home's energy consumption, so look for simple ways to reduce this demand during your remodel. Can you add more insulation to your walls and attics? Would adding a storm door to your backdoor reduce heat loss? Would a flooring choice like ceramic tile, known for its ability to moderate temperature swings in your home, help save energy costs? Once you start exploring, you'll find a number of simple fixes that can improve your home's efficiency and reduce thermal loss.
Fix and Update What's Already There
Instead of installing all new cupboards, can you refinish or paint them? A new coat of paint and some updated door handles can make a huge difference to overall appearance and usability of aged cabinets. Is there hardwood under that dated, stained carpet? Instead of buying all new flooring, see if you can refinish the existing floors.
Install Solar or Wind Energy
Solar panels are more efficient and affordable than ever. Wind turbines have advanced as well, with small units fitting on the eaves of homes, garages and outbuildings. What better way to offset your remodel's energy and resource usage than by generating your own renewable energy for your home? A wind turbine or solar panel set-up may be expensive, but they will help reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint for decades to come. They will also help improve your home's sale value if you decide to move in the future.
From aesthetic updates to full home remodels, there are many small steps to take that can have big impact on your carbon footprint. To learn more about home remodels in the Greater Seattle Area with Vertical Construction Group, visit our website today!
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