10 Considerations for a Green Remodeling Project
On January 2, 2012
Here are 10 considerations for making your home remodeling project more environmentally friendly
- Replace older appliances with energy star rated appliances and equipment. Use less energy and water and get a tax break
- Use Low flow fixtures. You can dramatically reduce water consumption on your sinks and showers by replacing fixtures with low flow valves.
- Fix all Leaks: Even more important than new fixtures, just fixing the faucet dripping and the slow leaking toilet can save 100’s of gallons of water.
- Energy Efficient Lighting: Compact fluorescent light bulbs last significantly longer and use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent lighting.
- Plan on Ambient Lighting: Consider using skylights or sky domes and/ or larger windows to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
- Insulate: Add proper high R-rated insulation as part of your remodeling project to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Make sure you are caulking and sealing to reduce drafts.
- Use Long Lasting Materials: Sometimes with just a few more dollars you can get more durable and longer lasting materials, reducing the need to replace them.
- Use Recycled Materials: There are a number of websites that sell recycled building materials, even if you don’t buy from them, you can get some good ideas. Most home improvement stores have a large selection of recycled materials.
- Paint: Many paints are now reconstituted from recycled paints. Often times, just cleaning your walls can give it a fresh appearance and avoid painting all together.
- Project Planning: Disposing of remodeling waste often is the biggest impact item for the environment. Spending a little more time planning and working with your material suppliers can dramatically reduce the “extra” materials and even reduce project clean up.
View Trilite Stones’ policy on green building construction
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