Week 16 - 7 Green ways to renovate your house
7 ways to green your house renovation
2. Use Eco-Paints
Choose paints that are kind to both your health and the environment - this can actually be a bit of a nightmare as there is so much involved in paint but this eco paint article from The Guardian helps clarify terms and what you should be looking for. You can also make your own paint based on milk if you want although we found it was best painted direct onto plaster and it not work on lining wallpaper.
3. Use reclaimed, second hand and eco-approved materials
4. Donate unwanted items
The kitchen in the gite came from friends who were having a new one and would otherwise probably have thrown it is the skip. Other furniture came from a friends who were leaving the area and happily gave us pieces of furniture ... all now enjoying a new lease of life. If you have items you don't want try and pass them - some you may be able to sell or others just give away. It all keeps stuff out of landfill.
5. Use energy efficient appliances
This way you'll keep your electricity costs down year after year. Look for washing machines with short cycles and low temperatures, dishwashers you can stop before the drying cycle and really well insulated freezers etc.
6. Increase natural light levels
This will enable to to use less lights in the house so think about adding sky lights and light tubes as well as light-coloured paints and mirrors to increase light levels indoors.
7. Plant up an eco friendly garden
Don't just restrict your eco-renovations to the house - you can apply the same principals to the garden. At Eco-Gites of Lenault we constructed garden walls and decking with reclaimed railway sleepers and pots of plants grow on an old milk churn and chimney pot. When planting consider plants that attract wildlife and if possible, find some space to grow a few vegetables. This blog post shows you 7 places you can grown veg even if you don't have a garden.
Have you undertaken any house renovations recently and if so do you have any tips for how you can do this whilst being kind to the environment?