Going green with any remodeling project is the hottest thing, but not just because it’s hip and cool. Remodeling with green in mind is good for the environment, more sustainable for the long term, and can save some serious money.
The kitchen is one of the most commonly used rooms in the house, and it has no shortage of options on how to make it greener. Here are some of the more common ones.1. Fridge: The older a fridge is, the more energy it’ll use up—and less efficiently, too. Buying a greener fridge doesn’t have to be a bank breaker, with getting last year’s or the year before’s model to replace your existing one.2. Dishwasher: Dishwashers usually have an economy or energy-saving cycle option, so choose that if your dishes aren’t too caked with food. But only start it up when you’ve got a full load, because anything less would be better spent just washing them by hand.3. Oven: When you’re cooking roasts or baking cookies, by all means, use the oven. But if you’re using it for individual dishes, then the energy consumption just isn’t worth it and a toaster oven or microwave is a much better choice.4. Lighting: Usually, kitchens need to be bright because there’s a lot of activity going on in there. But they can be bright without being wastefully so, and the key is to invest in bright, energy-saving bulbs and place them in strategic locations.5. Countertops: The first criterion you should be thinking of when it comes to your countertops is strength, as they have to be able to hold up anything that goes on it, including the weight of a human body. But choosing paper-based countertops, you’ll be getting really green material that’s fairly stain-, scratch-, and heat-resistant.
Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is another room that sees heavy traffic. Showers and baths aren’t very water efficient at all, but water consumption overall can be improved with the following tips:New showerhead with adjustable settingsFaucet that doesn’t leak or dripLow-fill toilet tank that doesn’t automatically refill with oodles of unnecessary waterTwo-option flush toilet for both kinds of visitsEnergy efficient overhead and vanity lights
Remodeling the bathroom can get a little expensive, but the energy savings will more than make up for themselves in a very short time. But if all you can do is a little bit now, then replacing the showerheads and lights, and sealing up any cracks or leaks is a good place to start.
Washer and Dryer
This area is sort of on the fence when it comes to remodeling, but one way you can make it part of any project is to build a clothesline in the backyard to hang your laundry to dry. You can incorporate the line into existing backyard structures, or start from scratch. Either way, it’s a free and fresh-smelling way to hugely cut down on laundry expenses, and can even be a good idea in the dead of winter (especially so, since the air tends to be a lot dryer and clearer in winter).
Remodeling in a green way doesn’t have to be hugely expensive, and it can be a satisfying way of going about changing the look of your home. It’s also energy- and cost-efficient in the long run, and much less reliant on external factors.