So you’ve decided to renovate your home. Maybe you are selling and what to increase your property value, maybe your house is old and in desperate need of some repairs, or maybe you simply want a style and function upgrade.
Regardless of why you are renovating your home, you should focus on the how. Sure you want your upgrades to look good and work properly, but have you ever considered looking into eco-friendly upgrades?
Whether you had already made the decision to use eco friendly products, or this is the first you’ve heard them mentioned, it is an important aspect to take into consideration. Our planet is our home, and any small way in which we can cut back on our environmental footprint and make a positive difference will go a long way in keeping our earth healthy and clean.
To give you a start, we’ve pulled together this list of our favourite eco friendly home improvement ideas.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are not only eco friendly, but have a lot of other benefits as well. To start, they waste a lot less water than a traditional water heater, they virtually eliminate standby energy loss, they can last 5-10 years longer, on average, than a traditional heater, they can save you up to 15% of your water heating costs, and they take up significantly less space. Ultimately, tankless water heaters use less energy and are more efficient.
If it is time to rebuild your deck, or you are upgrading your yard by adding a new deck, try using composite boards rather than wood. Composite boards are typically made with recycled materials (yay recycling!) and last a lot longer, with less maintenance, than wood decking.
Bamboo can be used in both interior and exterior design. It is just as strong as wood, but remains flexible, lightweight, and water resistant. Bamboo can be used as flooring, cabinets, walls, structural components, roofing, decking, etc. Bamboo is much more sustainable and eco friendly than wood as bamboo only takes 4 years to grow to maturity, requires no pesticides or fertilizer for growth, and releases more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide from the environment than trees do. Plus it looks really nice!
Low VOC Paints
Typical household paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals, many of which are known to be toxic and linked with disease such as cancer. Some of these most harmful chemicals are known as “volatile organic compounds” or “VOCs”. VOSs, when vapourized into the air, can cause an array of health issues, and these VOCs continue releasing into the air years after the paint has been applied. Paints are the second largest source of VOC emissions into the atmosphere. Many paint companies now offer VOC-free or low-VOC paints, which are not only better for the environment, but are better for your own health as well.
Make The Change
As you can see, these changes are both relatively simple and affordable improvements you can make to your home while renovating. They are not only sustainable for the environment, but are good for your own health, easy on your wallet, and stylish.