Ways to be Sustainable with Home Improvements
When doing home improvements there are many ways to make sure they are sustainable – and for that matter, that the rest of your home is too. Being sustainable is not only about saving the earth’s resources; it’s also about creating a home that does not cost as much to run over its lifetime. Eco-friendly construction advice will help you achieve this.
For instance, when a home has top quality insulation in the ceiling and walls as well, it will be warmer for less cost because the warm air doesn’t seep out. And of course, it will also be cooler in the summer. However, insulation is not the only thing to reduce the cost of running heating or cooling. Other essentials may be –
- Sealing cracks around windows and doors
- Insulating the floor on the outside in very cold climates
- Double glazing windows
- Installing more efficient and cost effective heating and cooling
- Installing larger windows in cooler climates to let more sun in
- Having wider eaves to ensure shade in the summer and many more.
However, you can also be sustainable in sourcing the materials you need for your renovation. Recycling centres are ideal places to source such things as tiles, doors, windows, cabinetry and even fittings such as taps, sinks, tubs and light fittings. These things can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of new and are often still in very good condition. You can also often find unused timber cut and ready to use in some recycling centres.
When you are first designing your home improvements is the time to put sustainability practices into place. Talk to the builder about what is possible for your budget and the amount of space available on your block. You may also be able to get them to do other things, such as adding insulation to the whole ceiling if there is none there.
What else you will do depends on what you are having done with your home improvements and what your budget is. For instance, if you are adding another room, getting a deck built at the same time will most likely be cheaper than having the builder come back again the following year. Adding a few more power points to the whole house will cost less if it is done while the new room is being fitted with lights and power points.
All these things can be classed as environmentally friendly because they save on resources, both your own and the tradesmen’s. When the tradesmen can do everything in one or two days, it saves them the fuel used in coming back yet again to do more. This is actually saving the earth’s resources just as much as saving the tradesmen’s costs, because all fuel used comes from the same place – our earth.