Every home needs to be updated from time to time and renovation can often look like a hard and expensive task. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thankfully, there are many ways for you to breathe brand new life into your old home. The best thing is that you can do it in an eco-friendly way without breaking the budget.
Say no to demolishing
Tearing down the walls and floors or throwing away pieces of furniture from your home can cost a lot and perhaps it’s not even necessary for you to do it. Look around your home carefully and estimate what exactly you can save by repurposing or reusing it. Your old chandelier may not look much in the living room anymore, but may still serve you well in the kitchen. You can even give a new purpose to your doors by turning them into a swing, bed frame, shelf, photo frame, or a bookshelf.
Reface your place
Cabinets and closets might have lost their sparkle, but if the wood quality is still excellent, then don’t throw them away! Instead of spending money on new ones, why don’t you let your creative flow mix with an eco-friendly solution? You can easily reface your cabinets and closets with self-adhesive wallpapers and the best thing is that you can do it yourself in a very short time! If you are not a fan of self-adhesive wallpapers, you can always repaint the cabinets and doors.
Use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints
Repainting some pieces of furniture at your home and still protecting nature? Yes, it’s possible! All you need to do is to use low VOC or eco-friendly paints. Not only are they better for the environment, but they are also much healthier for you and your family because you won’t inhale all those bad chemicals that regular paints contain.
One of the best investments in your home is effective insulation. There are several weatherproofing benefits of it, such as the fact that insulation will make it cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter. That means that you won’t need to use the air conditioner and heaters as much and as result, you will save energy and reduce electricity costs.
When you are renovating your house, you should also pay attention to your exterior. One of the simplest ways to update the facade is to repaint it, and it is recommended that you use low VOC paints here as well. If you insulated your house, it will be for nothing if you don’t replace old windows that are letting all the cold and hot air inside your home. To do these tasks perfectly, you will need a safe ground under your feet that won’t wobble, and that’s exactly why you need to get some high-quality scaffolding for the job. This way, it will be a piece of cake to give a brand new look to the facade of your house.
Give a chance to reclaimed wood
Even when you are looking around the shops for new pieces of furniture or floors, you can still go green about it. Instead of buying brand new closets, countertops or drawers, why not consider getting pieces of furniture made of reclaimed wood? That way, you will preserve more trees, reduce the amount of lumber waste and the usage of harmful chemicals in the lumber business, and you are still getting breathtakingly beautiful furniture whose popularity is growing day by day!
Use solar energy
Why not take advantage of the sun’s energy to power your home with solar energy?! The sun can play a big and very important role in your home renovation. Solar panels will generate electricity, help heat up your house, and reduce your energy bills. If you decide to install skylights at your home, you will have daylight even in the darkest corners of the rooms!
Consider energy-efficient appliances
Life in the 21st century became simply unthinkable without having a refrigerator, a washing machine, an oven, a dishwasher, and a freezer. Reduce the energy these appliance use by looking for eco-friendly options when you are purchasing all these appliances. Simply choose the ones that save the most energy and fit your budget.
Finally, always keep in mind that this is a long-term investment. Its’ not just about updating your old house, it’s about having a home that will be energy-efficient, more sustainable, and healthier for you and your family all the while looing out for the environment.