Are you a little bored this winter? According to guest blogger, Megan Wild, from Your Wild Home blog, this is the perfect time for home renovations! Check out her article on making renovations safe for the environment.
Winter is an ideal time to renovate your home. With the colder weather, you’ll be spending more time indoors, so you’ll want the place looking great. Renovations don’t have to wait for warm weather, and the green-friendly kind could even begin saving you resources and electricity costs immediately. Don’t wait — follow the tips below to make your winter renovations “green.”
Use Environmentally Friendly and Durable Material
Regardless of which area you plan to remodel — whether a new kitchen top or a re-painting — you can always find a way to use environmentally friendly material. For example, when painting a new room zero-VOC paints are recommended, as they will provide cleaner air to the rest of the house in comparison to normal paint. For countertops, a durable option like Caesarstone can ensure that you won’t have to buy a replacement for decades.
Seeking material that is both environmentally friendly and durable will cut down on cost and resource usage in both the short and long term.
Consider Radiant Floor Heating
With cold weather on the horizon, you’ll want your home to be warm and cozy without hogging resources. For a green-friendly option, consider radiant floor heating, which provides warmth via electric wires or hot-water tubes buried underneath the floor. Invisible thermal radiation waves provide heat from the ground up. This is highly efficient in comparison to traditional methods, where forced-air heating results in uneven heating and higher bills.
While hot-water radiant costs between six and 15 dollars per square foot — more than traditional methods—it’s also around 30 percent more efficient. This makes radiant floor heating an option any homeowners yearning for green-friendly renovations should consider.
Check for Water Intrusion or Holes Before Renovating
Checking for problems beforehand can save you a pretty penny, since patching a problem up is much easier during a renovation. Using your renovation — no matter the type — as an opportunity to survey water intrusion problem areas can protect against mold, which loves growing in unaddressed moist areas of the home.
Start Small and Move Up
Renovations can add up, especially when they’re green-friendly. Green-friendly renovating is the way to go, but there’s no denying the additional up-front costs involved. Anyone planning a renovation should start with less intimidating tasks such as prioritizing changing the bathroom fan to an automatic green-friendly option ahead of adding a brand-new heating system.
If your budget still has room after you address the small but important items, feel free to proceed with larger tasks. There’s nothing worse than blowing your budget on a big project only to still have a subpar living situation due to other issues that remain unaddressed.
Enlist Experts Who Value Green Renovations
Plenty of self-proclaimed renovation experts are in your area, but only a few of them are genuinely good and care about being green-friendly. Seek out one whose website and word-of-mouth conveys a true appreciation for getting the job done with resource conservation in mind. For instance, a business touting that their technology results in 90 percent reduction in particulate matter clearly has values consistent with what one seeking a green-friendly renovation would be looking for.
Be sure not to splurge on unnecessary additions, like using multiple shower heads (a single low-flow shower head should do fine) or splurging on a new heating system before attempting to insulate your water pipes. Try to get in the habit of avoiding home purchases that are either unnecessary or environmentally detrimental. Doing so, in addition to following the tips above, should result in satisfactory winter renovations.
About the Author
Megan Wild loves writing about ways you can take care of your home and the Earth. Check out more of her tips at her blog, Your Wild Home.
Did Megan give you some ideas or inspiration for renovating your home? Add your “green” renovation tips in the comments below!