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Going Green: Tips for Starting that Home Renovation

Renovation adds value to the home. On top of that, eco-friendly home renovation adds more as the market is growing green. Green renovation is not only good for the environment; it can save the homeowners significant amounts of money as well by cutting costs.


Save money and energy. Green renovations are all about saving money and energy. Before the renovation, shop for furniture and fixtures from a sustainable source. Select reclaimed/ lumber; choose organic cotton over chemically treated commercial cotton; and buy supplies made from recycled/organic material. But buying new materials is inevitable during a renovation. So be wise and choose things that are durable, easy to maintain, and recyclable. Go green and maximize natural light by installing higher, larger windows. Purchase thermal-lined curtains and frame them closely to the window. During the summer, stay cool by adding blinds or shades. Install fans instead of air-conditioners. Upgrade incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). These are far more efficient, burn four times brighter at lower wattage, and last ten times longer. Home renovations in cool climates are all about draft-proofing the house. Install insulating material up to 270mm in the ceilings, walls, and floors, even water tanks/pipes. Do-it-yourself bathroom renovations are easy with simple installation of a flush-reduction device in the toilet cistern to save water. Install low-flow faucets and showerheads.

Look good in green. Get a new-home look by repainting the interior and exterior with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, as these are good for the environment and improve air quality. Add greenery. Plants exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen, help regulate temperature, and add to the beauty of your renovation. Maintain these green renovations for decades to come by only using sustainable means and products to clean and preserve them.

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