Home renovations can be a great way to improve your home's value or make your home a more liveable place.  Within the construction industry environmentally-friendly products are fast becoming a popular way for homeowners to make their home a greener place, as well as to do their part for the planet.  Here are a few tips you can use to think green in your home renovation projects.

If you are repainting a room or your entire home, use an eImage titlenvironmentally-friendly latex paint that are low VOC or No VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of chemicals that are found in many products we use to build and maintain our homes. Once these chemicals are in our homes, they are released or “off-gas” into the indoor air we breathe. They may or may not be able to be smelled, and smelling is not a good indicator of health risk. Be sure you let leftover paints dry before disposing of them, and do not dump paint down the drain.

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Consider wood floors rather than carpets, and be sure they are from a forest source that uses renewable lumber practices.  Consider purchasing flooring from reclaimed/recycled sources or bamboo flooring. Wood floors are also easier to clean and require less maintenance.

Be sure you replace all appliances and hot water heaters with energy efficient models. Even better yet, replace your hot water heater with a tankless hot water heater.

Consider installing solar panels or other renewable energy sources rather than replacing existing ones.  There are government programs that can make this an affordable option.

For bathroom and kitchen renovations, install plumbing fixtures that will reduce your water consumption, such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads. Consider glass countertops as the material is recyclable.

Consider using materials and supplies that have been salvaged.  There are a growing number of businesses that offer used construction materials, and supporting them means less waste in our landfills.  It can also be an affordable way to get quality materials or antique fittings for your home.Image title

For larger jobs, be sure you hire a contractor who is familiar with green renovations and can offer you green products at a fair price.  Asking for references is always a good idea.

Cindy Barron

Green Realtor

Exit Realty Premier

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