Remodeling your home is a great opportunity to obtain a fresh and eco friendly home design. Even if you are not completely reinventing your house, you can still go green by making a few adjustments that will increase energy efficiency and make you save money in return.
Green Home Improvement Ideas
The first area that can be made more energy efficient is the bathroom. In the United States, 40% of domestic water consumption is used just in the bathroom, and older bathrooms use an average of 13,000 gallons of fresh water each year. By installing a dual flush toilet, you can save energy by controlling the amount of water that is used each time you flush. You can also improve the efficiency your shower system by setting up a low pressure shower head which consumes much less water, but still gets you as clean as before.
If you decide to paint the walls a different color, you can go green by making sure to use paint that does not contain any VOCs (volatile organic chemicals). This is important because VOCs lead to air pollution, and contamination of soil and groundwater.
Switching from carpet to hardwood floors is one of the biggest trends in home improvement, which is a good thing if you want to make your house more eco friendly because carpet is a source of dust, lint, mildew, pet dander, and other allergens. By removing the carpet, you can improve the overall air quality of your home. The other good news is that most homes have hardwood floors beneath the carpet, so you can go green by simply polishing and refinishing the floors that you already have instead of installing new ones.