The benefits to renovating green are obvious; not only do you do your part to help the environment, but you create a more marketable home that has lower monthly energy costs than your neighbors. The first article in my upcoming series on green renovation focus on a few of the simpler things you can do to ease your way into living green at home.
1. ) Go Local! - Why should you use products produced locally? Not only does it support the local economy, but it also reduces the environmental effects of transporting goods long distances. Find out what types of stone and wood are prevalent to your area and make those your first choice materials.
2. ) Use Sustainable and Recycled Building Materials - Sustainable materials, like bamboo for flooring, are more far easier to replace and regrow than traditional hardwoods. Recycled materials, like Terrazzo, can incorporate recycled pieces of granite and glass.
3. ) Recycle, Reuse, Refurbish - Renovations produce huge amounts of waste. That waste goes into a landfill. Reuse as much of the “scrap" as possible, refurbish old doors and cabinets and recycle anything you can't reuse or refurbish.
4. ) Install Energy Efficient Appliances and Windows - The initial extra investment in EnergyStar Appliances and Windows will come back to your pocketbook many times over with the money you will save monthly on your energy bills. Don't forget to check on tax credits and utility company credits for these as well.
5. ) Watch Your Water Usage - Installation of low flow toilets and shower heads along with tankless water heaters can dramatically cut down your water usage.
By following these five simple and affordable tips when you renovate you will have taken a big first step to creating a green home you can be proud of! However, don't stop there! Visit my blog for more green renovation tips, tricks, and suggestions.
FHA 203K Specialist