The concept of “going green” has caught up everywhere – in homes, office places or even in the planning of larger living areas and colonies. More and more people are coming to realise the importance of building living spaces that are eco-friendly or sustainable. As we all get frequent alerts about the state in which planet earth is, and the amount of effort that each of us would need to put in so that we preserve natural resources, we are motivated to make changes so that the lives we lead and the home in which we live will not be an added burden on our fragile environment.
If you have already built a home and are planning to renovate it, you might want to consider some tips on going green in home renovation plans. These tips do not involve a lot. Apart from being eco-friendly, it is also quite budget-friendly as it reduces your home renovation costs to a large extent.
1. Plan out your needs and goals when it comes to renovating your home. Have a master plan and be flexible when it comes to the implementation of the plan.
2. If you decide to hire a contractor to implement your home renovation plans, choose one that has experience in green remodelling principles. Ensure that the contractor understands the concept of why going green is important to you.
3. Ensure that harmful dust that might contain lead or asbestos is kept out of your home by means of barriers across doorways so that the dust is contained only in the area that is being renovated.
4. Keep a track of what goes where. When you renovate your home, there is sure to be a certain amount of demolition as well as changes in existing fixtures. Analyze as to whether some of the fixtures can be donated to others for re-use and that waste is disposed off responsibly.
5. Re-use existing products and fixtures as far as possible, instead of purchasing replacements. This improves your over-all resource efficiency and is a big step towards going green. This also cuts down on your home renovation costs to a large extent.
6. Plan for proper ventilation as part of your home renovation plans. Proper use of exhaust fans and air vents will get rid of and prevent pollutants from spreading through your home.
7. Plan to include insulation in your renovated home. This makes the maximum use of your home’s energy system and can cut down the costs and the fuels that are used for heating or cooling.
8. When you choose electrical appliances, search for the yellow Energy Star label on it. You will be helping out the environment to a large extent.
9. Make use of recycled products as far as possible when renovating your home.
10. If you need to use wood, try to stay away from woods that are got from slow growing forests. Instead, opt for sustainable material such as quick growing Bamboo, Cork and Eucalyptus.
Making use of the above points to go green in your home renovation plans will ensure that you benefit Mother Nature to a large extent.