Building “Green” From the Renovations Perspective

Turn It Green

If you’re building a house or renovating. Newly constructed homes can take advantage of being eco-friendly from the ground up, but even renovation projects can be built using sustainable, recycled, durable materials.

Many of these materials are are energy and water efficient, and they can create healthy indoor environments.

Even if you aren’t building a new home, you can make your current home green.

There are many ways to go green (with cost efficient and DIY projects).

  • Use Recycled Materials: Ok, this is the most obvious one, but it can make a huge impact on the environment.  There is effective insulation made from old denim, concrete made with old keys, and ways to build walls using old tires and packed dirt. Investigate these options when renovating.
  • Green and Clean: Use eco-friendly, natural cleaning agents and steam. There are a variety of steam mops on the market, and many companies are making green cleaning products.
  • Appliances: Buy Energy Star and WaterSense rated appliances and products.
  • Light it up: Choose Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs). According to the EnergyStar website, “An Energy Star CFL bulb uses about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 10 times longer.”
  • Program and Save: Install programmable thermostats and consume less energy by turning them up in the warm weather and down in cold weather especially when no one is at home.
  • Pretty Paint – Choose low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paint.  Low VOC paint is less harmful to you and the environment.
  • Look Up: Ensure your attic is well insulated. This will slow the rate of heat loss from your home in winter and slow the rate of heat into your home in summer. This is like energy efficiency from the top down.

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