Remodeling Your Home the Eco-Friendly-Way on a Budget
The decision to remodel your home is an exciting time. It's an incredible opportunity to bring some of your most creative ideas and design dreams to life without harming the environment or your wallet.
Here are 10 tips for remodeling your home the eco-friendly way, on a budget:
An energy audit is an important part of the remodeling process, helping homeowners understand how to achieve their energy-efficient and eco-friendly goals.
During the audit, you’ll learn about energy use in your home, and how that consumption is increasing costs. The auditor also checks for gas leaks, air leaks, poor quality insulation and lighting, and any potential safety issues.
An energy audit will help assure your safety and highlight eco-friendly options to save energy and money down the road.
Insulation is perhaps the most important aspect of any eco-friendly remodel. For those living in extreme weather climates, this is especially important.
Wall insulation is highly effective and lowers HVAC costs. While it will not eliminate the need entirely, a properly insulated home is estimated to decrease your monthly energy costs by approximately 20%.
Windows and doors serve as the gateway to the home. However, they can also be what’s causing the increase in your monthly electric bill.
Not only do steel and aluminum-paired with insulated double and triple-pane glass-keep the hot and cool air outside, but they are also among the most recycled and durable materials in the world.
A sustainably harvested wood door and window frame is also a great option for an eco-friendly remodel.
An energy audit will help determine if there are any leaks in your current door and window systems and if a more sustainable option is right for your home.
Weatherization services tackle issues related to insulation, ventilation, and sealing. It’s an affordable option when seeking a long-term solution to your energy use.
Weatherization includes air sealing and insulation, convective heat flow reduction, bypass and air duct sealing, and proper ventilation.
Long-term results of solar energy include a healthier planet and fewer energy bills. Solar is efficient, clean energy that powers the home without draining resources.
If you are remodeling with the intention of placing your home on the real estate market, solar will also increase the listing price of your home.
Solar power and energy are drawn from the sun, then converted into thermal or electric energy. It not only generates electricity but provides lighting and heats water.
Installing a skylight is an affordable option when remodeling your eco-friendly and energy efficient home.
Skylights invite natural light into your home, lessening the need for electric lighting, resulting in lower energy costs. Skylights are an affordable option for homeowners wanting to save energy but are unable to commit to a higher-investment option.
Preparing for a remodel by investing in local products and services is among one of the most eco-friendly approaches you can take as a homeowner.
Consider this-you find a highly-recommended manufacturer of energy efficient steel doors and windows located in Switzerland. While the product is beautiful, it will take massive amounts of energy to get the pieces delivered to your home. This means airplanes, trucks, and other machines that emit exhaust and other pollutants into the atmosphere.
When all is said in done, your sustainable doors and windows have done more harm to the environment than good.
Finding local products and services for your remodel reduces the amount of energy needed to deliver them to your home, while positively contributing to your community in the process.
If a fresh coat of paint is part of your remodel, consider low VOC options that are less toxic to the environment.
Low VOC paint reduces landfill, groundwater, and ozone depleting contaminants, all without hazardous fumes or lingering odors. Because there is no hazardous waste, low VOC paint is easy to clean up and is better for your health.
HVAC systems are energy suckers. While heating and cooling systems are an investment, there are plenty of eco-friendly options that won’t break the bank and sustain natural resources.
HVAC's now include technologies like GeoThermal heat pumps, radiant floor heating, and HVAC zoning to combat high energy usage and costs.
Avoiding HVAC costs entirely may not be possible, but these technologies are a great eco-friendly solution.
Flooring is the cornerstone of a remodel with hardwood, stone, and tile among the most sought after materials to get the job done.
Responsibly sourced flooring means knowing where the flooring is coming from, as many popular options are imported. This means higher costs for the homeowner and higher usage of resources that negatively impact the planet.
Treeium offers eco-friendly remodeling services for a variety of budgers. For more information visit www.treeium.com.