Making Your Home More Sustainable
If you are someone who cares about the environment, then chances are, when you renovate your home next, you will want to do so in a sustainable way.
If that is the case, and you simply do not know where to start, here are a few tips that will definitely ensure your home is much more sustainable going forward.
When the time comes for you to give your decor a fresh lick of paint, try to choose paint products that are low or no VOC. VOCs are volatile organic compounds that are not only bad for the environment, but also for your health. The more you breathe them in, the more likely you are to have issues with breathing. So, this is one simple sustainable change that will benefit your home and your family too.
If you need to replace a metal pipe in your home, then where possible opt for steel. Galvanized steel pipes are stronger and longer lasting than the average pipe, which means, not only will they last longer and not have to be replaced quite so often, but also that you will experience fewer leaks., which means less water wasted.
If you are building a deck or frames for your windows, or even new benches for the kitchen, instead of going out to the store and buying new wood or furniture, try finding some reclaimed wood instead.
This is basically wood that has been salvaged from buildings that have been torn down or renovated. It is more sustainable because you are basically recycling what is already there instead of creating demand for something new, and you know what? Reclaimed wood tends to have way more character than new wood too.
If you are getting a new roof installed, the walls replastered or the flooring pulled up and replaced, then while you sr doing that, why not get your contractor to add in an extra layer of insulation at the same time?
Doing this will not only make your home warm and cozy, but it will mean that you do not have to turn the heating up so high, which means you will use less energy and your home will be more sustainable.
For extra sustainability, try to use natural woolen insulation where you can.
Solar panels are probably the ultimate in home sustainability. They capture the rays of the sun and turn that into energy you can use to heat and light your home, which is good news for ht planet and even better news for your power bills.
Harnessing water if your property has its own source, is also a good way to generate more free energy.
As you can see, it is not all that difficult to make your home more sustainable when you are renovating, and doing so will not o ly be good for the environment, but it could add value to your home and improve your family’s health too. What’s not to love?