A green home simply means a place that is set up to conserve energy and minimize wastage, whether it is done via smart furniture, by investing in eco-friendly appliances, or by just being conscientious about your use of natural resources. A green home is not accomplished overnight, but if you are interested in moving toward an eco-friendly lifestyle you can get there inch by inch. If a home remodel is on the cards then that’s the best way to make this shift. Following are a few suggestions that if implemented at the planning stage of your remodeling will lead to a greener, nature-friendly home.
1) Replace old toilets with newer ones
The newer models reportedly consume up to 70% lesser water than the older ones. So if you have been using toilets from more than 20 years ago, switch to a latest model for an improved and less wasteful performance. Fix any plumbing leaks in your house. Water your garden with a bucket and a mug instead of with a hose and a pipe. This will plug a lot of spillage and literally save bucket-loads of water. It will also give your arms and back good exercise.
2) Use recycled material for new furniture
If you are getting new furniture made it’s a good idea to make use of recycled material as much as you can. There are many stores that can help you out with this or you may hire a professional to create new designs. Furniture made from discarded materials can look very good, you just need an open mind about it and seek help from the right people. This can also be a great DIY exercise if you are so inclined.
3) Choose biodegradable materials wherever you can
Incorporate natural materials as much as you can in your house. Opt for wooden flooring, wooden blinds, interior wooden doors, bamboo tables and chairs, wicker racks, etc. Opt for wall-to-wall wooden insulation in the house to preserve heat.
4) Customize and improvise
If you are having your furniture custom made, make it multipurpose so you have less of it in your home. The less you need the more you save. Don’t throw away the old bench because it is too chipped for your taste. Fix it, repaint it, and have it fitted with drawers for extra and handy storage space. Think of ways in which you can extract more out of your existing furniture.
5) Tap into solar power
If you live in a place that receives plenty of sunshine, using solar installations to power your house is a great eco-friendly move. These installations come at increasingly affordable prices, too. In case this is not feasible, there is still plenty you can do to make the sun work to your advantage. Paint your walls, interior as well as exterior, in light colors to cut down on cooling costs in summer. Light colors soak less heat which means less heat transferred to the interior of the house and thus a lesser use of air conditioning to keep the place cool. In colder places, use warm colors to paint your house, at least from the outside, to maximize heat absorption and reduce heating costs. Have your windows face the sun for lots of natural sunlight.