If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your home, you’re not alone. According to the 2014 Houzz & Home Survey, nearly 84% of homeowners are planning some type of remodeling project within the next two years. Though some take it on to increase the value of their home, an overwhelming majority is just looking to improve the look, layout and feel. When planning your next remodeling project, consider some green options to help cut down your energy bills and negative environmental impact.
You’ll first want to start by hiring green friendly and green-minded contractors. They will have the greatest understanding of the right types of products to put in your home to make the greatest impact. Next, be sure that you are purchasing green materials such as bamboo, cork, organic cotton, hemp, or recycled glass or plastic. It’s even better if you’re able to buy these products locally.
One thing you’ll want to consider in re-designing your space is to utilize as much natural light as possible. Large, energy efficient windows and skylights are a great idea. Not only does it cut down on your energy costs, but it also is known to improve both your physical and emotional health. Add solar lights to your space as well, which will charge during the day and shine bright each night, thanks to high quality LED bulbs.
You can also improve the overall efficiency of your home by sealing air leaks and adding insulation in your soon-to-be upgraded space. Taking care of the air flow within your home ensures that your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work overtime, therefore lowering your monthly energy bill.
Below are some photos of green remodeling. The first image shows bamboo flooring on a kitchen addition project in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The second image is a large, high efficiency, Energy Star window with low-e glass and argon gas filled is Little Silver, NJ. The third image shows a solar light cap on a vinyl railing system in Oceanport, NJ.