The Environmental Approach to Home Remodeling

From on October 15, 2007 in Green Remodeling

It’s Blog Action Day, and as bloggers worldwide pay homage to the environment, we remember how much our everyday habits and basic living spaces can impact the future. Here at CalFinder, we believe in environmentally-friendly approaches to home remodeling. Recent posts on our Green Remodeling Blog include the A-Z of Green Building and Criteria for Green Building Materials. One of our latest projects includes producing an inventory of free information for homeowners looking to incorporate solar energy into their homes. With so much information bursting from our pages, we’d like to share some easy ways homeowners can go green and become more conscious remodelers.

Go Solar

Did you know that the energy we get from all of the world’s reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas can be matched by just 20 days’ supply of sunshine? The most vital form of energy accessible to us is also 100% free. You can access it in the following ways without expensive solar equipment:

  • Install skylights. Increasing the home’s natural lighting decreases electrical use as well as the price of utility bills.
  • Plant deciduous trees near windows. Sure they absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. Decidous trees also shed in the winter. This means planting them near your windows will help provide greater shade in the summer and more light and heat in the colder months.
  • Insulate. Proper insulation can make the difference between a poorly ventilated home and an energy-efficient one. Solar homes are insulated at every surface that separates the interior of the home from the exterior world. This includes the walls, floors, and ceilings of attics, garages, porches, crawl spaces, and basements.
  • Install a greenhouse. Greenhouses and sunspaces capture solar heat and distribute it to the rest of the house.

Buy Renewable Products

Nowadays, you can find most everything, from paint to carpet to countertops designed to have low impact on the environment. You can actually have an entire hardwood floor installed with wood from sustainable farms or with manufactured wood products that don’t use a single tree. Here’s a list of seven products with a similar idea.

Other Environmentally-Friendly Remodeling Ideas