Renovations are a common phenomenon among people who wants to revamp their whole living space. Nowadays, as global warming continues to be on a rapid rise, more and more people are starting to become conscious about the environment’s health. It is relatively simple to revamp and make your house become more “green”. This article will be discussing some methods which you could utilize while renovating to become more environmentally friendly.
Reuse and recycle
Many environment experts encourage people to reuse and recycle a lot of their belongings whenever possible. By doing this, people refrain from unnecessarily utilizing new energy as energy which was already in existence is being re-used. This way, a society can be more energy-efficient, and thus, this will result in more energy savings, which will then lead to a less amount of fossil fuels required for energy supply. From the judgement of this theory, large-scale reusing can do miracles to the environment as it will significantly reduce gas emissions into the air.
Every time you buy new materials it costs you money and increases your carbon footprint. In order for this to work, people who are going to get involved with demolishing will have to decide what they are going to do with the dismantled materials. Some of them can indeed be reused or resold to other parties for more productive usage.
Utilizing more energy-efficient lights
While renovating, an aspect which you could include in your list of to-do renovations is the conversion of current light sources to more environmentally friendly ones. There are a lot of choices when it comes choosing a light source which is more energy-efficient. For example, when it comes to light bulbs, traditional incandescent ones use so much energy, but ninety percent of it will be given off as heat. These bulbs can be replaced with some of these choices.
• Halogen incandescent
A halogen incandescent actually contains a capsule which retains gas surrounding a filament to increase the bulb’s efficiency. They come in different shapes and colours. This incandescent is approved by many authorities as it is able to satisfy minimum energy efficiency standards.
• Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
A CFL is like the curvy version of the regular long fluorescent lights which most people have. These light sources are very energy-efficient and some of the best ones is even able to use around a quarter of the energy and has a lifespan ten times longer than a regular light bulb which is giving off the same amount of light. A CFL also triumphs over the previously discussed halogen incandescent because it only uses a third of what a halogen incandescent uses.
• Light emitting diodes (LEDs)
An LED is essentially a semiconductor that utilizes electricity as an energy source to be converted into light. White light LEDs ranks as one of the best when it comes to energy efficiency. Many pertinent industries and technology are developing as well. Good-quality LEDs use only around twenty five percent of the energy and can survive around twenty five times longer than normal incandescent bulbs.
Removal of moulds
Excessive exposure to mould is a real health hazard. It is able to cause symptoms such as sore throat, asthma aggravation and breathing complications. These symptoms will affect categories like children and the elderly more acutely. Instead of using toxic chemicals, you are actually able to resort to more organic and environmentally friendly means of removal.
• Tea tree oil solution
Simply by using two teaspoons of this oil combined with some water can accomplish a lot. By spraying the solution on the spores of the mould is able to kill it effectively (refrain from rinsing though). This oil has a strong smell though, but it will die down within a couple of days.
• Hydrogen peroxide
All you will need to do is spray a three percent hydrogen peroxide dilution onto the mould and wait for approximately ten minutes. After that, you scrub and wipe to get rid of the residual mould with a wet cloth.
Choosing “green” materials
This eco-friendly practice can be used even in aspects of renovation which does not directly link to becoming “green”. While replacing any parts of your house with newer versions make an effort to plan and decide to use eco-friendly materials for most, if not all of the replacements if it’s possible. Check for eco-friendly certifications! Some suppliers have been through rigorous eco-friendly certification processes to test their own environmental impact and this can be useful for your decision considerations.
Becoming more “green” is getting increasingly important today. It’s not easy, but what’s important is that you make an effort. It’s alright to start small, as radicalizing your house into becoming completely eco-friendly cannot be done overnight. Also, if you are unsure of how to conduct some of these changes or your house critically needs renovation, it’s best to resort to professionals. At Corefront, we provide these services and put customers’ satisfaction above all else.