Tips for Going Green While Remodeling

There are many different choices for you if you would like to go green on your next remodeling project.  There are many steps that you need to take when remodeling regardless of if you are going green or not.  When you choose to go green there are some additional steps that will be taken.  The long term benefits of going green in your home will really make you want to start this new project now rather than later.

5 Benefits of Going Green

You will be doing your part to save the earth. This means that you will be protecting the earth for your children and future generations.

You will be helping to improve the economy.  While many people might argue this point if the US were to step up to the plate and become the world leader in green efforts then it would become a new industry.

You are going to save money.  Your energy bills will be lower and you will be reusing things rather than disposing of them which saves you a lot of money.

You are going to be healthier.  Eating organic, cleaning without chemicals, and not having harmful materials like plastic in your home are going to help you stay healthier longer.

Your home will be worth more.  In a recent piece on Realtor.com about going green it talked about how you will improve your home’s value when you make these changes.

Tips to Go Green with a Remodeling Project

Choose Energy Efficient Appliances – When you are shopping for appliances make sure that you are choosing ones that the energy star label on them.  This means that they are going to use less energy than other models, saving you money and improving the environment.

Look for Green Supplies – When you are remodeling there are many things that you are going to be replacing.  There are a few different things that you can do to be more green in your efforts.  One of these is that you can look around and see what needs to be replaced and what can be updated so that you are keeping it.  When you do need to replace something you can look for pieces that are used rather than buying new.  You can also look for items that are made from recycled materials.  Finally you can look into green efforts from the flooring industry to find green floor options.

Find the Right Contractor – Finally when you are choosing a contractor it is important that you find the right one.  Choose a contractor that is a Certified Green Contractor.  This is one certification that can not be paid for so the contractor has to earn it through maintaining green practices and efforts.

Do Necessary Research – There are a lot of things that you will want to familiarize yourself with and become aware of when you are trying to go green during remodeling.  This Old House recently published a piece with a lot of helpful tips.

Look for Additional Ways to Conserve Energy – There are many additional ways in which you can conserve energy in your home.  Much like when you choose to go green at the office, you can install motion sensor light switches that will go on and off as you enter and leave a room or enroll in online banking and billing so that you do not waste paper or have it cluttering up your newly remodeled space.

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