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Tips for Maximizing a Home Renovation So It’s as Green as Possible

Keeping a home renovation project as green as possible requires sticking to a few concepts and procedures that support environmental friendliness. Here are some ways to proceed with a high-quality green home renovation.
  • Use an efficient and open design: Design your renovated spaces to provide efficiency of movement through them, with ease of access to other areas of the home. An open floor plan can give you and your family the ability to use the space efficiently for years to come.
  • Work with sustainable materials: Use sustainable materials that come from reliable sources. Materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, for example, come from carefully managed forests that are well maintained for ongoing use. Materials such as cork and bamboo are beautiful, popular, and renewable.
  • Use non-toxic materials: Install non-toxic materials that contain few volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and that don’t off-gas strong fumes. Use paints, varnishes, cleaners, and similar substances that are also low VOC.
  • Install efficient lighting: Use LED lighting fixtures that consume less energy. Instead of using standard incandescent bulbs, use CFLs that provide plenty of light but at a lower cost.
  • Use recycled materials: Countertops, residential flooring, and other material recycled from other sources can save money and prevent the need to purchase new items. Make sure that these recycled items, or other items containing recycled materials, do not include components that could still be giving off gases and fumes.
  • Choose low-maintenance materials: Choose materials that are designed to last for long periods with little maintenance, such as stone patio pavers.
Sage Builders LLC is a general contractor in Newton, MA that serves residential customers with expert design/build, renovation, and consulting services. Contact us today for more information on green home renovation and how to keep your renovation project as green and environmentally friendly as possible. Photo via Sage Builders, LLC

How a Kitchen Renovation Can Be Both Luxurious and Energy Efficient

Often the goal of a kitchen renovation is to improve the aesthetic appeal of the area by adding space, improving functionality and installing better appliances. When planning a kitchen renovation, take steps to ensure that the space will be luxurious and pleasing while also being energy efficient.
  • wood kitchen cabinetsInvest in energy-efficient appliances: Replace existing kitchen appliances with newer and more energy-efficient models. High-efficiency refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and other standard kitchen equipment use much less electricity and hot water than older versions. Look for the Energy Star label on new appliances. This designation indicates that the equipment is government tested and certified to be as energy efficient as possible. Ask your contractor about the benefits of using induction cooktops, compact dishwashers and thermal cookware.
  • Look for smaller appliances: While looking for energy-efficient appliances, consider whether you could get the same results from a smaller version. If you’re typically not using refrigerator space or dishwasher drawers to their fullest, that could be a sign that a smaller appliance would work for you.
  • Replace kitchen lighting: Wherever possible, design your kitchen renovation to take advantage of natural lighting sources. Include skylights, picture windows and dormers in your plans. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to reduce energy usage even further.
  • Install low-flow faucets: Low-flow faucets provide plenty of water for kitchen use while reducing overall water flow and waste. Replace standard faucets and aerators at your sink with low-flow models and save water in general and part of the energy it takes to produce hot water.
As a general contractor in Newton, MA, Sage Builders LLC works with residential customers on renovation projects that are both energy efficient and luxurious. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you save energy through a well-planned kitchen renovation. Image via Shutterstock.com