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Tips for renovating with an eco-mindset

While having Tesla’s solar roof tiles or Mercedes Benz’s home energy storage units would be the ultimate eco renovation, there are other ways of renovating your home with an eco-friendly mindset. We take a look at some tips.


 
With a little forethought, green renovations can come out just as stylish as their traditional counterparts. Not to mention they come with the added benefit of helping the environment.
 
Be realistic
 
Any renovation requires a set of realistic goals and it is not different with an eco renovation. You will still have to sit down and decide which area you would like to remodel, the style and the budget of the project. 
 
For most a complete eco retrofit would just be too expensive to tackle, therefore we recommend that you sit down and take a look at smaller more manageable changes you can make to add to your eco-friendly goal. 
 
Invest in green materials and systems
 
If you can afford it, focus on including green systems and materials into the structure of your home. While these types of additions may come with a larger cost upfront, they have the largest environmental and financial impact over time.


 
A few options worth considering:

 
Adding insulation: Proper insulation is vital because it keeps warm and cool air from escaping your home. By keeping the temperature consistent, your won’t have to use air conditioners as much, saving you money on your electricity bill.

Buy energy-efficient appliances: Another way to conserve energy is by investing in energy-efficient appliances. 

Install solar panels: Solar panels allow you to harness energy from the sun’s rays. In addition to having the ability to sustain your own home, you are saving money on your electricity bill and putting less strain on the electricity grid.

Commit to sustainable building materials: Focus on choosing building materials that are biodegradable and sustainably procured. If possible, consider using some reclaimed materials.

Windows with glazing:
A study by Energy Star found that, on average, homes lose 30% of their heating and cooling energy through the windows. Adding windows with double glazing or even triple glazing, you are ensuring that you are using the natural heating and cooling most efficiently.
 
Consider the interior design
 
Renovation shouldn’t stop with the build. The next step is to incorporate green elements into your interior design. You can do this by focusing on elements such as furniture made of natural materials, organic textiles, and by incorporating greenery in your design. It’s also helpful to research companies before purchasing to get a sense of their sustainability models.


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Those looking to give their homes a green makeover while on a tight budget may want to look into using recycled pieces. Whether you use them as-is or upcycle, it’s an easy way to give your home a new look.
 
Renovating with a green perspective is a bit different than a tackling a traditional remodel, but it’s far from impossible. With a little extra care and consideration, you can achieve a home renovation that is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious. Use this guide to help get you started thinking about your next big project.
 
 



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