5 Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint During Your Remodel
It seems as though everywhere you turn these days, there’s an opportunity to “green-ify” your life. You can refuse a plastic straw at a restaurant, are encouraged to bring reusable bags to the grocery store, and even opt to sign contracts digitally instead of leaf through tens (or hundreds!) of pages of legal jargon. With the countless green options that surround us in these ever-environmentally conscious times, there have to be a few ways to encourage a greener remodel, right? Right! Below are a few tips to reduce your carbon footprint during your next renovation.
- Seek out local materials. If you can, sourcing local materials helps in two ways: it reduces the pollution created by transporting the materials from where they were produced to your job site, and it helps to support local business. Bonus points if you can find a local artisan for finishes like light fixtures or hardware!
- Use recycled/upcycled materials as available. If you like the rustic look, you’ve probably heard of – or used – reclaimed wood for flooring and trim. There are also countertops made of recycled glass (check out Vetrazzo for inspiration). Or, if the word “recycled” doesn’t go with your design vocabulary, consider the word antique. Same idea, different verbiage! Anything you can do to help reduce the demand for producing new goods helps.
- Use technology to your advantage. Connecting light fixtures and appliances to a smart phone is a great idea if you have family members who constantly leave things on after leaving the room/house. Another option that’s a little older, but still just as useful: motion detectors! There are light switches equipped with motion detectors that can ensure that lights are turned off after motion isn’t detected in a room for a certain amount of time (these can be great for closets and pantries).
- Low flow is the way to go. Low flow showerheads may not sound all that great (I know what you’re thinking: “low flow” really means “sad trickle”), but plumbing manufacturers are constantly innovating new ways to ensure less water doesn’t feel like less. Be sure to check out water-efficient sinks and toilets, too!
- Alternative power is a great investment. Considering that Scottsdale has an average of 299 sunny days a year, it almost feels like a waste to not consider alternative sources of power – specifically solar! The cost of install can be a big deterrent for most folks, but with the rebates and tax incentives that are available, solar power is a realistic option for families opting to go green.
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