4 Environmentally Friendly Ways to Renovate your Home
Are you planning a home renovation this summer? Home renovations can be resource-intensive and often result in a lot of waste. As such, it’s worth having environmentally friendly practices in mind at every step of the process. Here are a few ideas to ensure your next project benefits both you and the environment.
Insulate Your Home
Insulation is the unsung hero of home renovations. High-quality insulation can make temperature control significantly easier in any home. When a home is thoroughly insulated, hot or cold outside, air has a much more difficult time creeping its way inside. The end result? Our HVAC systems can reach our desired temperature with ease, which improves the energy efficiency of a home whilst simultaneously cutting operating costs.
Use Low VOC Paint
Low VOC paints are a great choice for those who want to keep environmentally friendly practices in mind throughout a renovation project. Low VOC paints simply have less volatile organic compounds compared to standard paints. Some paints are subject to off-gassing for up to 20 years, whereas low VOC (or even no VOC) paints will only release VOCs for a fraction of the time.
Environmentally Friendly Low Flow Toilets
Low flow toilets are excellent choices for reducing water usage. They will save you money by flush and over time. For a rough estimate of how much money you can expect to save, the EPA reports that you can save around $2,900 in water bills throughout the life of the toilet. Naturally, this means that the investment will surely pay for itself and be environmentally friendly all the while!
Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances
When upgrading your kitchen, be sure to keep an eye out for energy-efficient appliances. To cut right to the essential pieces of information and save yourself time, be on the lookout for the Energy Star logo. You should be able to find the information you need about the features and energy usage of the appliance in question. In general, kitchen appliances can hog a lot of electricity. As such, you can really cut down on costs in the long run by choosing appliances that limit electricity usage.
Note: After upgrading your kitchen appliances, consider donating your old set! This is an environmentally friendly choice that is sure to benefit your community as well!
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