While some think it is “trendy” to be eco-friendly, taking environmental responsibility is increasingly important, especially when it comes to being eco-friendly around the house. Our goals should include reduction in energy consumption, waste and passive methods for creating a comfortable home environment. Recycling and reuse should also play a part in our considerations. Here are some of the latest advancements in home renovation that can help you achieve these earth-friendly and often cost-effective goals.
Buying “Used” Materials
Purchasing reclaimed products and materials means that new resources need not be depleted and seriously reduces project waste. Today, there are many options that can meet the most stringent design requirements. Professionals who specialize in major home renovations in Surrey suggest that you consider reclaimed wood countertops, walls and flooring if you are interested in reusing materials for your remodel. Save trees and energy while adding style distinction.
You can visit the nearest Habitat for Humanity restore to discover materials that can be reused. Seek out energy efficient appliances and kitchen cabinets that may even be more upscale than you initially considered. Because these materials are being reused you save on the cost of manufacturing while reducing waste. Energy efficient appliances allow you to save on monthly energy expenses too.
Remodel for Better Water Conservation
Many locations in the US are now suffering from water stress with one of the worst being California. According to Colorado State University, over 60% goes to outdoor and toilet use. Choosing water-saving fixtures such as high efficiency toilets and low-flow showerheads can make a big difference.
Effective water management leads to water savings. Recycle your gray water from the shower and bathroom sink. With appropriate treatment recycled water can be reused for both toilets and landscape irrigation. A state-of-the-art filtration and sanitation system can transform this wasted natural resource into a perfectly renewed and valuable source of water. Conservation of rainwater can also be accomplished with collection systems on home roofs.
Passive systems require no mechanical or electrical components, they simply work because they are structured to do so. Computer design can help select the optimal location for placement of passive structures.Skylights are passive systems that provide daylight and heat to your home, and you can use shades in the summer when needed for cooling. This attractive and useful remodeling feature is well worth the investment.Throughout history people have made use of building and window orientation to capture air pressure differentials for cooling even in the hottest of places. With passive cooling systems little or no air conditioning is required. Software will help guide your contractor in placement of passive features, so this isn’t a project to try and tackle on your own.
A healthy planet requires creating less waste as well as making responsible decisions when planning remodeling projects. With so many options to choose from that actually save money, green remodeling is absolutely the best course of action.
Dixie Somers, based in Arizona, is the author of this article.
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