Use the Right Materials
The materials that you choose for your home renovation projects are the most important aspect of how pleased you are with the project and how eco-friendly your home is after the renovation. Today, there are a wide range of modern environmentally conscious materials available. Eco-friendly options are just as durable as more conventional alternative, but have the advantages of being made from sustainable or recycled materials that are durable, functional, and beautiful.
Modern environmentally friendly materials include a wide range of products such as milk based paint for the interior of your home, cork and bamboo flooring, and recycled, repurposed hardwood. Recycled rubber is also used for kitchens, baths, and as roofing materials as an alternative to tile or traditional wooden shingles.
If you are renovating your kitchen, one of the most important steps to becoming more eco-friendly is to choose appliances that meet current standards for efficiency. Check Energy Star standards for all electric appliances as well as windows, doors, and insulation. A high Energy Star rating on your heating and cooling system is also important if you are renovating to reduce the amount of energy used in your home. You can also look for alternatives to traditional appliances to save energy.
For instance, a solar hot water heater saves money while providing you with an environmentally sound alternative to a traditional hot water heater. There are also several different systems available to heat and cool your home that are more eco-friendly than traditional electric or gas systems, such as geothermal heating.
Insulate Your Home
The right insulation can reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool your home. Insulation, when installed properly, works to keep outdoor air from entering the home and will keep your temperature controlled air inside. There are several types of insulation available that are very efficient while also offering the benefit of being eco-friendly.
Your insulation should be low VOC and made from sustainable, durable materials. Options include modern fiberglass insulation that is VOC free, spray foam insulation made from soy, and recycled insulation made from cotton. If you are adding a room to your home, check out structural insulated panels, which are pieces of sustainable wood with insulation sandwiched inside the wood. A green home can be beautiful and environmentally safe while providing you with the functionality that you need when you choose the right products.
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