Going green when it comes to renovation is not just a worthy trend to pursue, but is a long-term commitment to build a home that is a joy to live in while preserving the environment. Unknowingly, our homes conjure so much pollution and waste and contribute greatly to the current global warming problems.

By going green, your house turns from a waste-emitting place to something that is more sustainable and eventually, if done right, it becomes a home that produces zero waste and saves what it consumes.

However, it can be daunting. Although there is a growing awareness, green homes are still not the norm. Starting with a contractor who understands the process is the best first step as they can aid the whole project and ensure that the necessary home renovations are also not sacrificed. Here are some things that you can do to build an environment-friendly home:

1. Have a greywater system

With showers and washing machines, there is a great percentage of water literally going down the drain. Having a greywater system ensures that water is cleaned and re-used for the systems in place for the toilets and for watering the plants. This helps not just in lessening wasted water, but also helps in lessening the water bill in the long run with water being recycled by the home.

2. Less heat with a green roof

Among all the green initiatives when renovating the home, installing a green roof or a roof garden is the easiest to start and whose effects are the most immediately felt. With green gardening experts (as not all roofs are made for this), the roof is turned into a garden and helps immediately in cooling the home, lessening the need for electricity-consuming air-conditioning. It also helps in lessening the carbon dioxide emissions in the area.

If the roof is not fit for it, having a garden patch always helps whether in the home’s courtyard or even right inside the living room. Who needs plastic plants anyway? Imagine what a village in the metro would be like if all homes were to do this? It makes for a place that’s better for all residents.

3. Have an open layout

If aiming for major remodel, having an open layout works best as having too many walls does not help with the flow of air and makes for inefficient use of lighting. Simply put, more rooms and dividers require more separate lighting fixtures and cooling systems, adding up to electricity consumption. To avoid this, re-think space. Some homes have accomplished this by having the kitchen or the patio opening to each other or the living room and the office in one. For privacy, removable dividers can be simply installed.

4. Time to ditch the bulb

The fastest way to a greener home starts with something so simple: switching to LED lightbulbs. As much as mood lighting is pretty, LED lightbulbs have longer life spans and emits more light for less energy.

These small changes, as with anything else, add up in the long run and not just for one’s wallet but also for the greater good of the environment.

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