Renovating “green”

Renovating “green”

Undertaking a "green" renovation project is much easier than you think! It just takes a few simple changes to transform your home into a healthier and more ecological environment. Here are five tips to get your started:

National Bank General Insurance
24 November 2015

1- Choices of paint

When repainting, choose natural, eco-friendly paint. Not only do these paints produce fewer fumes, they're much more durable. Another option to consider is recycled paint. At the very least, be sure to choose water-based and zero VOC latex paint --- no oil-based paints!

2- Choices of floors

When it comes to your floors, go for natural materials. Forget about vinyl, carpeting and floating floors that are non-recyclable and not particularly durable. Don't even think about tropical woods: massive deforestation puts them low on the eco-friendly list!

Opt instead for long-lasting, less polluting materials such as ceramic, slate, hardwood and linoleum. If your budget permits, treat yourself to reclaimed wood flooring: even your friends will be green... with envy!

3- Choices of plumbing

Reduce your water consumption. Now, that's what we call a real eco-project! By installing water-saving taps and low-flow showerheads and toilets, you'll save hundreds of liters of water a day. Your planet will thank you!

4- Choices of lighting

Another bright idea: energy-saving light bulbs. The best ones to choose are LED light bulbs. Yes, it's true they're expensive, but not when you consider their long life (150,000 hours), durability and excellent energy performance. You could also fall for the new colour-changing models and match the colour of your lighting with your mood!

5- Choices of furniture

Last but not least, if you're buying new furniture, think local. By buying furniture made in Canada, you're showing your commitment to the environment. Choose furniture designed using renewable resources and based on fair-trade practices. The closer the company that manufactures the furniture is to your home, the less impact it will have in terms of transportation. You could even take a tour of the workshop!

Thinking of renovating? What are you planning to do to make your house a greener place?

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