When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.
If you are remodeling your home, you have the chance to make choices that can help the environment. Making your renovation more Eco-friendly can be as easy as choosing the right building materials. It can also increase your property value. Here are some ways that you can make Eco-friendly choices in each area of your home renovation.
The carpet in your home can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), especially when it is new. This indoor air pollution can cause many different kinds of health problems. Luckily, there are several alternative flooring choices that can be good for your health and for the environment. Instead of carpet, consider using hardwoods, bamboo, or cork. If you do choose to install carpet, be sure you purchase low-VOC carpet and install it in a well-ventilated area.
Paint is another part of your home renovation that can release VOCs into the air. You can protect the air quality by choosing low-VOC paint.
There are many ways you can save energy by choosing the right lighting options for your home renovation. Consider placing windows or skylights in places that will allow you to utilize natural light and save electricity. Renovation is also a great time to add solar energy options to your home. Solar energy can help the environment by decreasing the amount of electricity you use, and can also save you money and increase your property value.
Insulating your home properly can help your environment by cutting energy use for heating and cooling. Renovation is the perfect time to add better insulation to your home. In addition to insulating well to save heating and cooling costs, you can make Eco-friendly choices about what kind of insulation to use.
Traditional insulation often contains formaldehyde, which has been classified as a carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, you can find formaldehyde-free insulation made from recycled or sustainable materials such as old blue jeans, newspapers, and even soy.
When renovating a kitchen, one of the best changes you can make is to install energy-saving appliances. Energy saving appliances can use as little as half the energy of their counterparts that are 12 years old or older.
Choose Energy Star appliances, or appliances that run on natural gas rather than electricity. It is also important to choose appliances that are the proper size. A great deal of energy can be wasted by running an air conditioner or a refrigerator that is bigger than needed.
If you take the time to make Eco-friendly choices in your home renovation, you can help the environment and still get the home of your dreams. To learn more, contact a company like Renovations Of Excellence Renovations with any questions you have.Share
11 February 2015