Planning a home renovation soon? The latest trend in home renovations are the eco-renovations.
The climate is turning for the worst and we need to do everything in our power to help out mother nature.
Eco-Friendly homes are one of the best ways we as individuals can make a difference and positive impact on the planet.
In a time of over-consumption, minimalism and eco-homes are becoming more and more popular to save money and the planet.
Here are some great tips for the next time you are renovating to make your home an eco-friendly home.
Backyards and Gardens
Home gardens are a great way to reduce your ecological footprint by sourcing your own veggies.
Grocery store veggies are usually shipped from far away costing money and polluting the air through transport.
Buying local is better, but growing your own is the best option.
Now in order to grow your own food, you need to replace the soil in your backyard or garden.
Experts on gardens and soil suggest improving your soil by adding worm castings into it.
Experts say that it can increase the speed and size of your plant growth quite significantly.
So, now not only are you saving the environment one transported veggie at a time, but growing your own amazing veggies you can be proud of.
Growing veggies is not the only way to keep your garden eco-friendly.
Use your Eavestrough system to your advantage and install a rainwater collection system so that you can use that water at a later time such as watering your plants or filling up fountains.
Install a composter, this not only saves you from throwing out green bin items, but also over time in the composter will turn into a very nutritious supplement to add to your soil.
It is a self-fulfilling cycle to grow, harvest, compost, replant, and repeat.
Renewable resources have become a huge contender in the power generation game.
Huge stride in solar and wind energy generation has made it a far more affordable investment for the average consumer.
During your new renovation, consider installing solar panels or a small wind turbine.
Adding these changes will cost a little bit extra at first, but it will allow you to produce your own power.
Of course, the size and scale of the home and the lot will greatly impact how much power you will be able to harness, however, every bit does help and using it is guilt-free.
The sooner this upgrade is done, the sooner it will pay itself back in your electricity bill.
Every month you will notice a difference in your bill and that is money you won’t even have to think about saving.
Fresh water is becoming an endangered resource. It is wise for people to watch their consumption of it in the house.
Most toilets can be replaced with a low flow option that uses significantly less water.
The toilet still performs its task very well, so you won’t have to worry about that department.
Some toilet replacements can reduce the flush by more than one liter at a time.
Over the years that adds to a lot of water being saved.
It doesn’t end there, you can replace your showerhead with a low flow design as well that compensates with increased pressure but less water being consumed.
These two options can make a drastic difference in your water consumption and will have you helping the planet one flush at a time. Not only that, but it’ll cost you less every month as well.
Window design has come a long way since just a single pane of glass was used to adorn a wall opening.
Nowadays, windows come in all sorts of designs, but the most eco-friendly option is going to be a Low-E (low-emissivity) coated triple pane window.
These windows are actually 3 panes of glass separated in-between by argon or krypton gas.
This window coating minimizes the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that comes through your glass, without taking away any light coming into your home.
The coating on the glass is extremely thin and transparent and also reflects heat.
The windows work to save the environment by keeping the internal temperature of your home consistent by reflecting the interior temperature back inside.
Not having your HVAC system constantly turning on and off to maintain the temperature of the house will save you money on energy consumption and reduce emissions.
Keep the eco-friendly options in mind as they are always working to help the environment and your wallet.
Remember about how you can use your outdoor space in an eco-friendly manner.
Save water by replacing your faucets, showers and toilets with low flow options.
In major renovations, when the windows have to go, make sure to get yourself Low-E triple-pane windows as most of the temperature of your home is lost through windows and doors.
This will make a drastic difference over any lesser window choices.
These are only a few examples of the choices you can make when thinking eco-friendly, so keep saving the planet one eco-renovation at a time.