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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/25/2021


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No matter which home renovation project is next on your to-do list, you may want to consider making changes to your plan in order to complete a more sustainable project. Eco-friendly home remodel projects allow you to get the look that you want and the functionality that you need while still protecting the environment.

Here are a few tips that you can consider if you want to complete an eco-friendly remodel:

Opt for Energy-Efficient Features

Regardless of which room you are renovating or which project you are pursuing, there are likely energy-efficient features that you can incorporate into your design. In the kitchen you may want to consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances that will use less energy to operate and ultimately will reduce your utility bills. In the bathroom you may want to look into low-flow toilets and touchless sinks that can help prevent water waste in this high-traffic area. Other energy-efficient features that you should keep in mind include added insulation, solar technology and smart devices that can be automatically programmed to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.

Reuse Materials Whenever Possible

When completing a home renovation project, it can be tempting to buy everything new in order to get a fresh start. However, it is often more responsible to reuse materials. In many cases you can easily reface or repurpose an existing item because it is still in good condition. Some ideas for materials that you can reuse or repurpose include:

  • Cabinets - You can repaint or re-stain your cabinets rather than replace them entirely.
  • Hardwood Flooring - You can have your hardwood flooring repaired or refinished instead of installing new flooring.
  • Furniture - You can update your existing furniture in order to match your new room, rather than purchase new furniture. Cloth furniture can be reupholstered and wood furniture can be refinished.

Invest in Sustainably-Sourced Materials for Your Project

As you are compiling your material list for your next remodel project, you should consider sustainable alternatives that may be available. For example, you can purchase wood for your project that comes from a local farm or was processed at a nearby facility. Shopping local reduces the need for transport, which has a significant impact on the environment. You also can consider purchasing organic products that were created with sustainability in mind.

Choose Low VOC Paints

Low VOC paints are the ideal option for you if you want to complete an eco-friendly home renovation. These paints are created and produced in a way that is less harmful to the environment. In addition, low VOC paints are practically odorless and healthier for everyone in the home as well. The best part is that you can choose a low VOC paint without sacrificing the color or finish that you prefer for your project.

When you plan a green home renovation project you can feel good not only about the results but also about the way in which the project was completed. Sometimes it is a series of small steps that make the biggest difference when it comes to protecting the environment and preserving the world for future generations.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 1/21/2018

As a society we are realizing how increasingly important it is to practice becoming more eco-conscious in our day to day lives. You probably already practice some eco-friendly habits whether itís reusable bags at the grocery store, signing up for a recycling bin or carrying a water bottle around with your throughout the day. There are lots of small steps we can take. Below are some you may not have thought of, or have been meaning to start carrying out and just need that extra push! When Cleaning: Choose non-toxic cleaning products and microfiber clothes over traditional cleaners. Microfiber clothes are a fantastic multitasker to keep in your cleaning arsenal. Used damp they are great for cleaning and scrubbing while when dry they can be used for dusting. Since microfiber clothes seemingly have cleaning super powers you will find yourself needing less cleaning product. When you do need a product to get the job done opt for a more natural or even homemade one. Vinegar and baking soda are two kitchen ingredients that are also efficient cleaners as well! Smart purchases: Buy items made of recycled materials and reusable options over one-use products. Look for natural cleaners and products for not only around the home but for personal use too. What you put on your body matters, after all, your skin is your largest organ! When buying detergent look for a concentrated variety instead of the traditional watered-down options. And avoid dry cleaning! Itís electric: Look for solar powered outdoor lights to save on your electric bill and, if possible, install solar panels as an energy source for your home. There are many companies today whose goal is to make solar panels more affordable for the average household. When upgrading old appliances purchase low energy varieties that are Energy Star qualified. Bonus points: you can usually get tax credits for doing so! Need a free way to save electricity? Turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug any electronics not in use. Electronics can use power when plugged in even if they are not turned on! Try using power strips with an on-off switch to easily control electricity flow. CFL (compact fluorescent) and LED bulbs use less energy to heat than traditional ones and while pricier they pay for themselves over time. Water wisely: Bathrooms are, naturally, the place where the most water is used. There a few upgrades you can make, for example, look for low-flow toilets and showerheads with the WaterSense label. Installing a recirculating water pump saves on water by allowing water to be hot when you turn on the faucet so you donít have to let the†water run while waiting for the temperature to change. Some free ways to save on water? Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and flush the toilet less often throughout the day. Heating & cooling: Thermal drapes are great in the winter to keep out the cold and in the summer to keep out the heat of the sun. Keep drapes open during the day and closed at night during winter and closed during the day and open at night during the summer. Opt for ceiling fans over air conditioning to save on energy in the summer months. In the winter, opt for more layers instead of increasing the room temperature. Draft stoppers and carpeting on hardwood floors are another way to keep your home warmer when itís cold out. There are so many ways to make your home a more eco-friendly one. Whether you have money to invest in smart upgrades or opt for the more frugal habits each eco-conscious step you take will have a positive impact in the long run on not only the environment†but your wallet as well.




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