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August 24, 2020
Thinking of renovating your home? What for? Is there a new addition to the family? Are you finally turning that remodeling project you’ve always dreamed of into a reality? Do you want to boost the value of your property for resell? Do you want your home to be more economical in the long run while also improving your quality of life? Well, regardless of what your reasons are, we want to encourage you to consider going green.
Take this renovation as an opportunity to make your home more earth-friendly. Not only will you be helping the environment but doing so will also allow you to save money from utility expenses, and give your residence a significant boost in value.
How to Fund for the Renovation
We understand, though, that one of the hurdles that hinder people from getting greener home renovations done is the amount of investment that goes into it. Installing solar panels on your roof can be quite expensive, after all. It will help you save in the future, true, but it will cost you upfront.
Hence, we recommend considering funding options like cash advances or installment loans especially if you’re doing these renovations to increase the value of your property. You’ll definitely get your money back anyway. Your home will be able to pay the loan back itself and even let you earn on top of it.
Aside from that, you can also consider breaking down your renovation projects into smaller chunks. While it will surely make your renovation project take longer, it will also make the expenses more manageable at the same time.
Green Home Renovation Ideas
Once you do decide to push through with your renovation, here are great green ideas that you should definitely consider:
- Better Insulation. We spend a lot of resources every year just to make our house cooler during the hottest summers, then twice that amount to warm it up during the harsh winters. Hence, it’s pretty understandable why insulation remains a priority of green home renovators. Ensuring the better insulation of your property will not just help you save money from your monthly power bill, but it will also make the most out of your precious cool air and warmth and improve your overall quality of life.
- Renewable Heating Systems. Speaking of insulation, did you know that you can create your own renewable heating system as well? This can be done by installing pipes a few meters below the ground where the temperature is always warm and constant and utilizing that heat to warm up your home and even provide hot water. It’s called a ground-source heat pump.
- Renewable Source of Energy. You can make the most out of the power you use or minimize it if you wish. However, we believe that the best way to make your home greener and free the environment from the burden of getting its resources depleted just to give your home the electricity it needs is to install a renewable power system.
There are different sources of renewable energy out there, but the most popular (and easiest to set-up) is still solar energy. You can always learn to install your home’s solar panel system on your own. There are a lot of resources online that can teach you how to do it. But, in the end, we still recommend getting it professionally done.
- Reclaim and Reuse. Another way that you can lessen Earth’s burden is to reclaim and reuse materials from older structures. You can source materials from dismantled buildings and salvage sites. You can also search for them online. Craigslist is actually a good place to start.
What we love best about this method of sourcing materials is that it gives your home a lot of personality and history, aside from the fact that you’ll also be removing a lot of still usable construction materials from the waste stream.
And that’s it! There are still a lot of other ways to make your home renovation greener, but you’ll already be making a significant change towards a better future by following the tips that we have shared with you above. We hope that you have found our article helpful and good luck with your home renovations!