Renovating Your Home the Green Way

"Home renovation"If you’re planning on giving your home a makeover, why not give it green one while you’re at it? Not only will you be doing the planet a service and reducing your energy bills, but you’ll substantially improve your property’s resale value.

Keep your home up-to-date with the times with these green renovation tips.

Energy consumption

This point is the most obvious one to consider, so let’s get it out of the way first. Geysers are seriously hungry energy eaters. A solar geyser is an awesome way to go, but that’s not your only green option. Not only is it expensive, but it’s not applicable for many types of homes, such as apartments. The newer geyser models are far more energy efficient than their older counterparts. So there’s an investment to consider. But you can also insulate your current geyser so that it retains its heat better. Remember to also insulate the pipes, as a lot of heat gets lost on its way to your shower.

After the geyser is sorted, take a look at your walls and ceiling, and insulate. Insulation keeps the cool air in during summer, and out during winter, saving on heating and cooling costs.

Then, here is where you score with double green points. Renewable energy. If you’re in a position to make use of sun or wind energy, do it.

Paint

A new lick of paint is the simplest way to give your home a facelift. There’s a green way to go about this, and I don’t mean the colour of the paint.

Actually I do. Did you know that the colour you paint your roof can affect the environment? White reflects the sun’s rays, while black absorbs them. A white roof makes for a cooler building that requires less air conditioning. The White Roof Project is on a mission to coat five percent of rooftops per year worldwide because of this very reason.

Besides colour, you’ll also want to consider toxicity. Paint can contain chemicals that are not only harmful to the planet, but to our bodies as well.

Furniture

If your home needs new furniture, consider your environmentally friendly options. Use furniture made from recycled or eco-friendly materials whenever you can. Also think about using second-hand furniture. This might be the best option, because you won’t be adding to the emission and energy consumption that comes part and parcel with the manufacturing industry.

Flooring

There are some alternative choices for your flooring that don’t entail razing our forests. Bamboo is strong, durable and renewable. Not only will it last longer, but it’s cheaper too. Linoleum made from products like solidified linseed oil, pine rosin and ground cork dust is biodegradable, naturally anti-bacterial and non-toxic. A win all round. And then there’s reclaimed wood, which is basically recycled wood from old homes, barns, and offices.

Green’s in style, and it’s here to stay. As eco-friendliness becomes more of a priority in our hearts and minds, people are ever more on the lookout for greener options, including when it comes to buying property. This is a serious investment factor to consider, therefore. For instance, if someone were looking for property for sale in Johannesburg, they’d be more willing to pay for the eco-friendlier options.  Especially considering there is an emerging trend there for greener building principles.

And you can be sure that this trend will continue for a long, long time to come. So if you’re planning on renovating your home, keep the environment in mind.