If you’re planning home renovations, now may be the perfect time to consider eco-friendly options that can save you time and money and reduce your impact on the environment.
Here are some of the best eco-friendly renovation tips, whether you’re planning on big changes or just looking for some energy saving alternatives.
If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It
It does feel good purchasing something new, whether it be a new appliance or lounge suite. However, it’s important to remember the environmental impact of disposing of old belongings, especially large ones such as couches, dishwashers, fridges and so on.
Stick to the simple rule, if it’s not broken, don’t fix (or replace) it. If you do choose to upgrade your appliances for more energy efficient or water-wise options, consider donating old belongings to a charity. Many offer a free home collection service.
Choose Sustainable Materials
When renovating, you may need an extensive range of materials to make your dream a reality. New windows, screws, wood, bonding agents and the list goes on. Consider eco-friendly, recycled and sustainable materials to help minimise any harm to the environment.
For example, to replace or expand your current decking, opt for sustainably produced products such as composite wood. Composite timber products are made from recycled materials (up to 95%) and never need staining or sealing, eliminating the need for any ongoing maintenance.
Recycle Where Possible
When renovating, try to minimise your construction waste by recycling old materials and excess building waste where possible. Purchasing reclaimed or recycled materials is also a terrific way to create an eco-friendlier build.
Consider sustainable waste management options, such as hiring a skip bin from a reputable local waste company before starting your renovation.
Repurpose Old Materials
If your renovation involves breaking down a part of your home, why not deconstruct instead of demolish? For example, if you’ve pulled down your old deck to make way for more sustainable composite wood products, you can repurpose the old wood into DIY furniture or garden borders.
Timber from your old deck or pallets, once used to deliver building materials, can make great furniture creations such as outdoor chairs or tables.
Focus on Needs First, Then Wants
Another top tip for efficient eco-friendly renovations is to focus on your needs before your wants. Along with improving your life at home, renovating is one of the best ways to increase the value of your house. Focus on renovating to increase the value of your home before performing luxury renovations.
Be Energy Wise
Incorporating energy efficient products and innovations into your home renovation is a terrific way to be eco-friendlier, while reducing energy costs. Look for energy efficient light fittings and appliances with good energy ratings it might even be worth speaking to a local Perth electrician. If you want to lower your energy bill even more, consider moving to solar power.
Reduce the use of scheme water in your home by installing rainwater tanks or incorporating the use of greywater. This not only makes your home eco-friendlier, it can also reduce your water costs.
- Rainwater Tanks – Most rainwater tanks can collect up to 80% of the rainwater from your roof. The water can be used on your garden, to flush toilets, wash clothes and for showering.
- Greywater Reuse – Greywater is wastewater from non-toilet fixtures such as taps, basins, baths and showers. It does involve installing a greywater diversion system but can be worth the initial cost. Read up on how best to use greywater before installing a diversion system. Also, check regulations as to the permissible use of greywater within your local council area.
Invest in Good Quality Insulation
If you’re planning on adding another room to your home or reconfiguring the current layout, invest in good insulation. A well-insulated and well-designed home provides year-round comfort, and can cut cooling and heating bills by up to half.
Get Financial Incentives to Reduce Energy Use
Many state governments, especially in Australia, offer financial incentives for eco-friendly renovations. This includes rebates for switching to solar power and lower rates for moderate resource use. Offers and incentives will vary depending on where you live.
Find out more about saving energy and money as well as available government assistance from Your Energy Savings. If you want to know more about creating environmentally sustainable homes visit Your Home.