Here are 10 considerations for making your home remodeling project more environmentally friendly:

  1. Replace older appliances with ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment. Use less energy and water, plus get a tax break!
  2. Use low-flow fixtures.  You can dramatically reduce water consumption on your sinks and showers by replacing fixtures with low-flow valves.
  3. Fix all leaks. Even more important than new fixtures, fixing any faucet dripping or slow leaking toilets can save hundreds of gallons of water.
  4. Energy-efficient lighting.  Compact fluorescent light bulbs last significantly longer and use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent lighting.  
  5. Plan on ambient lighting. Consider using skylights or skydomes, and/or larger windows to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
  6. 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.
  7. Use quality, long-lasting materials.  Sometimes with just a few more dollars, you can get more durable and long-lasting materials, reducing the need to replace them.
  8. 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.
  9. Paint. Many paints are now reconstituted from recycled paints.  Often times, just cleaning your walls can give it a fresh appearance and avoid painting altogether.
  10. 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 and please contact us with any stone projects you may have for your home or building.