As everything from lipsticks to flashlights goes green, homeowners have become increasingly aware of limited resources and rising energy costs. Maybe this is why the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has stated that remodelers can help lower those energy prices, ease health concerns and reduce overall consumption by doing some green remodeling in your home.
Green Remodeling — Sustainable Materials
Sustainable materials refer to resources that do not leave as harsh of a carbon impact on the environment. Recycled products, renewable resources, energy-efficient manufacturing and local availability are all ways to green your home with sustainable materials. Salvaged and reusable materials are also important.
For example, reclaimed wood from old houses and barns make an interesting flooring design without cutting down more trees. Bamboo is another great hardwood flooring resource, since it is not only incredibly durable and renewable but also beautiful. Recycled glass countertops, used bricks, energy-efficient lighting and anything non-toxic are all great resources for green building and remodeling.
Green Remodeling — Reducing Energy Costs
Remodeling a home for the greener can significantly cut down on your energy bill every month. New insulation technology, like spray-in cellulose insulation, is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled newspaper, sealing off homes from heat and cold. Anyone with allergies can relax by fixing air filters with non-toxic and healthier indoor air materials, as opposed to treated woods and paints with toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Thermal solar energy is non-polluting, so consider capturing this plentiful resource for space heating systems. For those who really want to green their homes, try looking into solar paneling that will cut down immensely on your electrical bill.
Green Remodeling: Conserving Water
Water consumption is all about the right tools. Look into energy-efficient appliances, washers, dryers, dishwashers, showerheads and low-flush toilets to cut your water bill down by reducing the amount of water you actually need. NARI estimates 8,000 gallons of water in each household are wasted every year waiting for hot water.
Instead of turning on the tap, turn up the water heater. By doing a little bit of remodeling, you can help take part in improving the environment, reversing the effects of global warming and saving money in the end.