The weather is starting to get warmer, so it’s the perfect time to open all of your windows, let some air in your home, and make a few renovations that you were unable to do during the winter months. And as the eco-friendly home trend continues to grow, many people who choose to make renovations do so to help make their homes a little bit greener. If you want to do the same, there are some easy ways you can make over your home while helping the planet and saving money.
Make Some “Light” Renovations
According to Energy.gov, utilizing the sun is key. Instead of relying on electrical lights, using sunlight will provide warmth and visibility without costing you any extra cash. In this case, though, it’s all about the windows. In order to get the most out of your light, you have to have the correct windows. Replacing standard windows with energy efficient windows and doors that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program can actually lower your energy bills by 7 to 15%, according to www.energystar.gov.
If you do plan to use electrically generated light, The Spruce suggests using LED light bulbs. LED light bulbs are a great option because they use less energy and can typically provide you with the same amount of light, if not more, than a standard light bulb. It’s all about being energy conscious when using electricity and other power sources.
Yet another option to improve your home’s atmosphere, including light and warmth, aside from LED light, is adding a fireplace. The average fireplace, however, isn’t exactly the most eco-friendly option. Instead, you can opt for modern, exclusive designs and an alternative to a traditional wood-burning fireplace with ethanol, which is safe, cleaner burning and usually cost-effective. Get helpful information on ethanol fireplaces here.
Consider the Kitchen
Remodeling kitchens is a very common home project. If you decide that you want to completely revamp your kitchen, you can easily save money and be eco-friendly while doing so. Fresh Home says one of the easiest things you can do is reface your cabinets rather than replacing them completely. This helps to reduce waste and will allow you to change the look of your kitchen easily and cost-effectively. Cabinets and drawers tend to stay in great condition, so replacing them completely could end up being a waste of time and money.
Don’t Forget the Bathroom!
If you don’t want to renovate your kitchen, remodeling your bathroom(s) is another option. While 87% of people choose to update their shower in their bathroom, you can do more than switch to a more water-efficient showerhead. To easily make your bathroom look brand new, you can simply change the paint color of the walls. However, when painting your walls, make sure you use a paint that is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs include compounds like formaldehyde, benzene, and even gasoline. While not all of these things are in all paints, there are more eco-friendly options. Paints that are low in VOCs or don’t have them at all are actually better for your family to be around, and they don’t harm the environment as much as normal paint does.
If you do decide to make some changes to your bathroom, make sure every existing pipe is in good condition. It’s crucial to note 10% of homes have leaks that can actually waste 90 gallons of water (or more!) per day. This simple non-renovation can actually help save you money and won’t require you to make any big changes.
Renovating or remodeling your home can be very exciting. However, it’s very important to make sure that you’re doing it the right way. Making sure you’re using energy efficient equipment and materials to save you and your family a lot of money, all while helping to protect the earth.