Top Eco-Friendly Ways to Do a Complete Home Renovation

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Top Eco-Friendly Ways to Do a Complete Home Renovation

These days we are all perfectly aware of the growing need to make our lives and our homes eco-friendly and sustainable. And yet, most of us think these qualities can be achieved with expensive upgrades like solar panels and water reclaim systems. Well, it turns out we couldn’t be more wrong. Great victories are often achieved with small steps and you don’t need to do anything more than find eco-friendly ways to perform your next renovation to make a contribution.

Let’s take a look then at a couple of ways you can do exactly that. Top eco-friendly ways to do a complete home renovation.

Reuse the old cabinets

Your old cabinets and other furniture pieces may be looking a bit shabby and worn-out, but they only need a bit of good-old “sandpaper and paint” treatment to get back in shape. This kind of redesign also gives you an opportunity to unleash your inner designers and turn your pieces into something unique that can’t truly be found in the stores. Of course, all these would mean very little if you aren’t using the VOC-free paints, so be sure to get them.

Get one of those low flow toilets

If we take a look at the numbers published by the Australian government replacing the old 12L-flush toilets with a newer, more sustainable 3.5L-flush variety, a four-member family can save up to 150 AUD each year. This may not sound much but, if we take a look at the things nation-wide, Australians could save 2 billion AUD by 2030 with only a couple of small water-efficiency upgrades. And we are talking about Australia alone. Make yourself a part of this struggle and install a low flow toilet in your home.

Work on the windows

Making adjustments on your windows can bring a lot of different perks. Expanding the window space and following the movement of the sun will help you to better use natural light and save a lot of money on the electrical bills in years to come. If you, on the other hand, decide to install a double-glazed variety you will double down on your efforts and produce tangible savings on heating and air-conditioning as well. And let us not talk about the health benefits of natural light.

Add an interesting rug

Adding a rug is a great way to add some style in your interior especially if you opt for using one made from natural materials. Based on the style of your home and the room you want to add a rug, there are many options to choose from. There are many great options when it comes to beautiful rugs, but what you need to do is to create a compromise between style and functionality. You can achieve that by choosing one of the iconic Miss Amara HK rugs and enjoy the cozy feeling these rugs provide.

Go full solar

In the introduction, we mentioned going all-solar-powered as a move that is still too ambitious for an average person. But, it doesn’t have to be as complex and complicated as you’ve thought. You’ll just need a few basic pieces of equipment – your solar panels, your powerful solar inverter that will turn all the solar power you’re collecting into the power you can actually use in your household, as well as your racking, and your batteries. All these things are quite easy to find and assemble, but be sure to insist on high-quality components every step of the way.

Embrace passive solar design

However, if these things don’t sound like something you’d like to do, you need to remember that sunlight can be harnessed in more than one way. We already mentioned one alternative before, and here are a few similar steps you can take:

  • Plant seasonal trees that will provide pleasant shade during summer
  • Install smart blinds that open and close with the temperature changes
  • A solar chimney can do wonders for ventilation and heating
  • Install eco-friendly insulation

Use wood-alternatives

Threes take a lot of time to grow and play a crucial role in our eco-system. Chopping them into flooring material and furniture is in no way justifiable. That is why you should try to look for some more sustainable alternatives. Take for instance bamboo – it’s moisture resistant, very durable, and grows much faster than a regular tree. The other option you should take into consideration is reclaimed wood that looks great, requires less painting, and produces a weaker impact on the environment.

Find a way to keep debris under control

Any kind of remotely challenging renovation works leaves tons of debris that is just as harmful to your family as any kind of Volatile Organic Compounds. That is why all the dust and debris first need to be contained (tarps and sheets will do just fine) and then successfully removed. Doing this might not be the easiest project in the world, but it’s still something you have to do – for the sake of your home and for your health as well.

We hope these few suggestions showed you that doing a renovation in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner doesn’t have to cost you tons of money. It is the effort that truly counts. Money can be spent. The willingness to make a change is undeletable.

Emma Joyce

Emma J is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.

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