Many homeowners are choosing to live tiny as a show of support to the eco-friendly movement, but not everyone is ready to live in under 300 square feet. A reasonable, and yet the affordable alternative is to remodel or improve the home that you already live in. Adding eco-friendly touches to your property can help you cut down on waste, save money, and improve the quality of your life. Not sure how to get started?
Environmental Conscious Kitchen
Remodeling the kitchen is always a good place to start, so replacing old appliances is a must. Opt for home appliances that are Energy Star rated as they use less energy during hours of operation. When choosing appliances such as a refrigerator, buy one that has just enough space for your needs.
Granite countertops are popular, but rather wasteful and expensive. There are wonderful eco-friendly alternatives that recycle glass, cork, paper, and a number of other materials. Nature will thank you, but so will your wallet!
Take advantage of the placement of your windows and allow as much natural light into your space as possible. Not having the right flow of light means that you have to turn on lamps in your home even during daylight hours.
Next to your kitchen, your bathroom is undoubtedly the most important space. You and your family spend hours there each week, so it’s important that it takes our environment into consideration during your next remodel.
Low-flow toilets can help save you money on water and keep our environment strong. Ultimately, most toilets that you can purchase cheap are completely wasteful and use too much water to wash down the waste.
It’s also possible to install flow reducers in the shower and the sink as a way to cut down on the amount of water that goes to waste. This isn’t always a feasible option, but many homeowners that do this project are happy with the results.
If your home doesn’t already have insulation installed, it can help if you have spray foam installation inserted between your walls. It can help you save money on heating and cooling costs, therefore, allowing you to waste less.
Lastly, as a rule, don’t add more space to your home than you need. You don’t need to suffer in a tiny space, but the more square footage you add, the more it will cost to maintain the additional add-on.