Spring is starting to appear on the horizon. The change of seasons put many in the mood to remodel their homes. As the time to plan your home remodel comes, budget is one of the primary concerns. Fortunately, there are many improvements you can make on your home without breaking the bank. Did you know these inexpensive remodels can also be good for the environment? Many home owners are seeking greener ways of remodeling. Not only can these eco-friendly projects save money, they can improve the value of your home in a housing economy which values green design. Any remodeling project can be made green with a little strategy.
- Buy reclaimed wood. If you’re adding cabinets, flooring, or other wood elements to your home, the cost gets high quickly. Quality woods are beautiful, but also expensive. You can get the hardwood look in your home without putting a hole in your wallet by buying reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood can be used for flooring, counter tops, walls, cabinets, and more.
Not only is reclaimed wood less expensive, it’s good for the environment. Wood waste makes up for 6% of all municipal solid waste (MSW). By using reclaimed wood, you are putting material that would otherwise be thrown away to good use. This saves trees, reduces trash processing costs and byproducts, and costs you less.
- Donate what you don’t want. Most remodeling projects lead to a lot of garbage. While some of the waste your project generates isn’t usable by other homeowners, you may be surprised how much of it would be welcomed as a donation. Unwanted light fixtures, cabinets, appliances, and more can find grateful new homes when you donate. Keeping these items out of the garbage prevents them from being dumped in landfills or in the ocean, which helps the planet.
Many organizations accept donations your remodeling project may generate – so many, in fact, you may have difficulty choosing. It’s important to investigate a charity before donating to ensure your donation or the proceeds from your donation will be put to good use.
- Use eco-friendly paint. Paints can be highly toxic. When painting, it’s important to keep the area open to fresh air, so you don’t inhale too many fumes. The impact of paint doesn’t stop at the painter’s lungs, however. A lot of paint is bad for the environment because of its chemical composition.
There are many options for more environmentally friendly paint. Low voc paints are healthier for you and better for the environment. For some projects, a technology called electrostatic painting may be the best choice. With electrostatic painting, the paint is magnetically attracted to the surface being painted. This technology uses 25-50% less paint, which means less waste – better for the environment. It’s also better for your wallet. These are just a few ways to help the planet when you renovate. Your home remodeling project can be both affordable and environmentally friendly. Planning your green remodel is easier now than it’s ever been – start your research today.