Ideas to Start Your Green Remodeling Project
With so many ecological troubles in the world, it’s only natural for all of us to play our role and do our best to minimize or remove dangers that threaten our planet. Although this doesn’t sound enough, it’s still better than doing nothing, and if we all join forces, we can actually make a visible difference in the environment. This is why more and more people are getting interested in eco-friendly remodeling ideas and implementing them into their living spaces, thus elevating the level of sustainability in their homes and helping the environment. If you too are thinking about remodeling your home using some of these energy-efficient innovations, here are a couple of ideas you might find useful.
Install solar panels
This could easily be the oldest idea in the eco-friendly book, but it’s still the most effective and amazing one. Covering your entire roof with solar panels is absolutely the best way to become sustainable and minimize the use of electrical energy, and that’s something that can help the environment more than you realize.
You can try installing solar panels on your own, but be sure to learn a few basic things first. Make sure your roof can support these panels, calculate how much energy you can save this way, find out how to connect your panels onto the grid and discover what sort of panels are the best for your home. Only then can you start installing and using them on a daily basis.
More natural light and fresh air
Homes with lots of natural light and fresh air aren’t just perceived as more welcoming and enjoyable but are also using less power to regulate their indoor temperature. And using less power means you’re helping the environment and saving money at the same time, which is why this is something all homeowners love.
Getting more natural light and fresh air into your home isn’t as easy as it seems, but the best way to do it is by installing new windows. If you opt for larger models, you’ll automatically allow more light and air in, but be sure to pick those double-glazed windows – they’re sustainable and do wonders for your indoor temperature regulation.
Once you introduce a new dose of natural light into your home with new windows, it’s time to think about replacing the front door as well. Your entryway is basically the first thing your visitors and friends notice when coming to your home, and if you wish to show them how just eco-friendly you are, this is the space you should focus on.
If you want to go all out, consider introducing sustainability and energy-efficiency into every part of your entryway. Repainting the walls using low-VOC paint, bringing in a few potted flowers, using furniture made from green materials only, getting some modern entrance doors are just some of the ways to make sure your entryway is environmentally-aware and reflecting your passion towards saving the environment.
Even though most people don’t like investing a ton of money into their flooring, this is just something you have to do at least once every ten or twenty years. And if you’re thinking about replacing your floors at the moment, opt for eco-friendly options instead of all the other choices available to you.
Bamboo flooring and reclaimed hardwood are two of the most popular options when it comes to green flooring ideas. Bamboo doesn’t sound like a great idea at first, but the fact is that it’s more durable and efficient than most people think. If you opt for hardwood floor, pick reclaimed wood and use this recycled option to save a bunch of new trees from being cut down. In the end, whichever option you go for, you can be sure that such a floor is going to take your eco-friendliness to a completely new level.
Insulation, insulation, insulation
This is another way to add a dose of sustainability to your home, although lots of people aren’t fans of this idea. Insulating your exterior walls sounds like a lot of work, but it’s a process that will make your home much cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, basically protecting it from all weather conditions.
You can do this project on your own using various insulating materials and thus you’ll save money not just when installing insulation, but in the years to come as well. Insulating will also help your house become the eco-friendliest one in the entire neighborhood and stay that way for a long time.
Example of the high-performance, fire-proof insulation used in BrightLeaf homes.
Remodeling your home and introducing changes is always stressful, but it’s easier to get it over with if you know you’re helping the environment at the same time. So, pick the ideas you like the most, explore their benefits and start putting them into practice as soon as possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma B. Joyce is a huge fan of everything green – from exploring environmentally-friendly energy resources to using eco-friendly diapers for my kids. I’m also an aspiring writer and just love sharing my experiences with other people, especially my fellow green enthusiasts.