You should know how to go green by remodeling your home if you are considering the impact of new or old materials on environment. Home renovation seems like a fresh start for introducing eco-friendly materials. It’s worth the effort to take steps in going green; which is beneficial to both the environment as well as your health. Plus, you can save energy and your valuable money. Start planning about your remodel by considering what has to be done about demolished materials and pick materials carefully.
Choosing the right materials helps you in the long run. Eco-friendly alternatives do not cost more than the less earth-friendly materials. Pick the products that have been certified by renowned organizations.
Linoleum in place of Vinyl
Vinyl is considered to be a very harmful plastic which consists of ph thalates and dioxin substances that can cause health issues. Instead, you can opt for linoleum, a green alternative which is prepared using linseed oil.
Bamboo instead of Hardwood
For flooring you can consider choosing bamboo or cork instead of hardwood. Carpet is also not a good choice if it gives out VOCs. Look for products that emit low VOCs. Expenses vary depending on the installation cost.
Light plays an important role in giving colors a new shade. The manner in which sunlight falls on colors can change a room’s perspective altogether. Choose the most prominent wall in every room, where you would like to attract attention and paint it with your favorite colors. Use your creativity and try out various shades to get a sense of how different colors make you feel. Most regular paints emit toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds). You should carefully look for non-VOC paints or low VOC caulks and sealers.
Opt for appliances that are Energy Star rated, which consume less energy and save you more. These are not too costly but are cost-effective at the same time. For cabins, you can consider using formaldehyde-free materials in order to avoid the emission of harmful toxins. Opting for wood that has been certified by FSC is a better choice. You can install recycled glass countertops instead of granite. Instead of purchasing bottled water, install a water purifier. To make use of natural light, design sun tunnels, skylights and well-positioned windows. Place your refrigerator away from sunlight and oven, so that it does not get hot and work harder.
You can design your bathrooms in an eco-friendly manner while remodeling. Use recycled materials for tiles. Get a low water flow model for your toilets, sinks and showers to reduce the usage of water.
If you are planning to add a new room, use only the required space, which is eco-friendly. Opt for fans, instead of installing air conditioners. Fans help in bringing down warm air during winter and providing cool air during summer. Your attic and walls should be insulated properly, to avoid transfer of heat. Design your windows, overhangs and shades in a strategic manner, to make use of natural sunlight and air.