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OK Springtime. Now is the time to grow, build and rebuild. 

If you want to renovate your place and be eco-responsible in the process, the great news is that you can do it without too much effort and without breaking the bank. 

Here are some easy and effective ways to renovate sustainably. 

Recycle and refresh instead of replacing 

Recycling is a huge aspect of living green.

Repurposing items and materials prevent unnecessary purchases for your home upgrades. Doing so saves natural resources and reducing the emissions from the manufacturing and transportation of these materials does the environment a huge favor. Many green products and materials are also more durable and practical compared to non-sustainable products.

For instance, when remodeling your kitchen, consider installing a recycled worksurface. Many modern manufacturers offer bespoke surfaces and splashbacks that transform waste products such as glass and concrete into contemporary, functional worktops.

Others offer bespoke surfaces and splashbacks that transform waste products such as glass and concrete into contemporary, functional worktops, making them a great addition to your kitchen or bathroom.

Think of lighting options 

If you have a windowless room that completely depends on artificial light, consider installing discreet ceiling portholes that channel light from the roof, spreading available daylight throughout the room.

In a poorly lit room, carefully positioned mirrors and reflective surfaces will encourage light to bounce around.

Speaking of lighting, you should know that standard incandescent bulbs convert only ten percent of electrical energy into light, while the rest is wasted as heat. 

Meanwhile, LEDs require a comparably low amount of power and are a much more sustainable artificial light source. They work best with track and recessed lighting and can last for more than twenty years.

Deconstructing instead of demolition

One of the keywords when discussing an extensive renovation project is choosing to deconstruct your home rather than demo it.

Go through and take apart the walls, cabinets, floors, bricks, to preserve the materials. 

Complete demolition would leave you with piles of rubble that you can only throw away. If you choose the deconstruction route, you can use those materials to create the backsplash in your kitchen, new kitchen cabinets, or even new walls. 

Reusing your deconstructed materials is a great way to keep your renovation costs down.

Before remodeling your home, think strategically about what you want to deconstruct and what items to keep. Thinking sustainably ahead of time can save you money by minimizing the long list of materials you have to buy and allowing you to reduce waste. Examine your home and see what you can repurpose.

Small things that make a big difference 

Not all renovations have to be a significant construction project. There are small things you can do to spruce up your home and still make environmentally friendly decisions.

Repaint your front door and shutters to give the front of your house a new feel. You could repaint the walls in your living room or the cabinets in your bathroom and kitchen. Just make sure to choose paints that do not harm the environment and properly dispose of them once you are done painting.

For other small refreshments, consider changing the wallpaper, switching out the knobs on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and reupholstering your furniture.

You can also rebuild portions of your home using natural stone, both an excellent insulator and an eco-friendly option. 

Go solar 

Collecting the sun’s power via solar panels can give you the electricity to last the whole night, and you can use it to your heart’s content completely guilt-free! Not only will you help the environment by saving energy, soon you will notice your electricity bills becoming much lower

You could install wind turbines that generate electricity or just install solar panels for the same purpose. The sun is a constantly present, powerful, and renewable source of green energy.

In doing so, you will be saving energy, helping the environment, and saving money that would otherwise have gone to pay for electricity bills.

Consider a low-flow toilet 

If you want to preserve water, it’s best to invest in a low-flow toilet to conserve water. You will still be able to flush with ease and enjoy the user-friendliness of these types of toilets when sustainably remodeling your bathroom.

You can also swap out your shower and sink faucets with low-flow devices to save on water. Just know what materials are safe to use in your green bathroom. Natural ceramic and nontoxic cement are the most popular options for hardware and sink basins.

You can also add flow governors to the shower and sinks to reduce your water usage and reuse as much water as possible.

Kevin Jefferson has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.

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