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Top 5 Green Renovation Tips for Your Home

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31 Mar 2019

It’s safe to say that everyone is now more aware of the fact that we need to preserve the planet. That’s why we got to see so many people make their homes/offices as green as possible. If you’re about to start a home renovation project, you should think about doing the same. Not only will this help you aid in saving the planet but it’ll also save you some money. And in case you’re wondering how to do it, here are the top five green renovation tips for your home.

Choose the right materials

To get started, you need to choose the right materials for your project. Ideally, you’ll be able to reuse materials and avoid having to buy new ones. However, depending on the size of your project, this may not be possible. Luckily, there are companies that specialize in selling reclaimed materials which is exactly what you need. In case you still need new materials, we recommend opting for locally harvested ones since they have less travel time from the manufacturer to your home. Also, opting for materials that are renewable is something you can’t go wrong with.

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Opt for low-VOC paints

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your walls is a great way to give your home a new look. However, most paints you can get contain volatile organic compounds or VOC that aren’t good for your health and environment. Paints high in VOC are known to cause skin irritation, respiratory problems and headaches. The good news is that people who are trying to fight pollution have come up with low-VOC paints you can use for your project. They’re constantly gaining attention which is why you can now get them in the shade you want.

Add more insulation

You probably use way too much energy because warm air escapes your home during winter. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you need to add more insulation to your exterior walls. The best thing about it is that there are eco-friendly insulation materials you can get. We recommend opting for cellulose or natural wool. Depending on the size of your home, adding more insulation isn’t going to be easy. If you plan to tackle the project on your own, you should turn to experts who offer scaffolding rental service as you’ll need some support when adding insulation.

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Upgrade your appliances

If you want to reduce the impact your home has on the planet, you need to reduce your energy consumption. And in case there are some old or broken appliances in your home, chances are they’re using way more energy than they’re supposed to. And your renovation project is a great opportunity to inspect all of your appliances and upgrade them. See if any of your broken appliances can get repaired. If not, replacing them is the right approach. Modern appliances are usually designed to use less energy and investing in them will also help you reduce your energy bill.

Let in more light

Another great way to reduce your energy consumption is to let in more natural light. The best way to do this is to install more windows in your home. Some of the new windows available on the market have been specifically designed to reflect heat and keep your home cool during summer. Another thing quality new windows can help you with is fighting noise pollution. It should also be noted that artificial lighting is known to cause stress and eliminating it as much as possible is a good idea, especially if you work from home.

With more and more people becoming environmentally-conscious, it seems like we’re finally on the right track. Use your renovation project to make your home as green as possible and not only will you contribute but you’ll also save a lot of money. And since eco-friendly homes are becoming a real thing, we can expect even more green options to be available in the future.