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5 Different Ways to Remodel with the Environment in Mind

Your home is considered your sanctuary, but have you ever thought about how your house impacts the environment? Many environment-conscious individuals are taking steps to reduce emissions, such as walking more and driving less. However, certain items in the home can actually impact the environment just as much as driving a car, if not more. Any home remodels should take the environment into mind, and here are five main ways you can accomplish this task.

Switch Your Appliances

If you are tired of your old dishwasher or washing machine, consider how getting a new one would also be a green move. Modern appliances use less energy and water, which saves on valuable resources. When it comes to refrigerators and ovens, newer versions don’t need the same amount of electricity to run as their older counterparts. This saves money on your electric bill, and it also reduces your family’s carbon footprints.

Gain New Ground

While many people look around them to see ways to make their homes more environmentally friendly, have you ever thought of looking down? The specific type of flooring you choose can have a great impact on the environment. Hardwood are among some of the best choices. From recycled materials to green cultivation practices, switching to hardwood may be a better choice than many homeowners realize.

Utilize the Sun

The sun is a natural source of energy that many homeowners have yet to take advantage of. By placing solar panels on your roof, you have the potential of heating a pool, as well as providing some electricity to the home. Solar panels are so helpful to the environment because they reduce the dependence on potentially harmful methods of power, such as coal and oil.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Outdated lighting structures not only look old, but many utilize yellow bulbs. Traditional light bulbs emit heat, which makes your house hotter. In turn, the house heats up and your air conditioner works harder. However, there is a solution to keep up with the lighting in the home without leaving your family in the dark. Make the switch to LED lights—these light bulbs utilize less electricity and emit less heat, but they actually shine brighter than traditional yellow light bulbs.

Paint it Green

One of the best ways you can refresh the entire look of your home is by painting it. However, traditional home paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to the environment. No matter what color paint you are looking for, choose one that is not include VOCs. You will make a green impact with any shade of color, and you won’t have to breathe in harmful fumes as you splash it on your walls.

By taking the step to remodel your home, you are not just saving money. Investing into your current home is much greener than selling your home and leaving for a new one. If more families upgraded their homes, less lots would be paved for new versions and less greenhouse gases would be emitted because there would be less materials made.

 

Christine Cooney is a professional blogger who writes on a variety of topics, ranging from home improvement, décor, and design. She loves to learn about sprucing up her home, and is always looking for the next writing opportunity.