A Guide to ‘Going Green’ at Home
Drinking out of a reusable water bottle and grocery shopping with a canvas tote are common ways to eliminate waste. However, there are also sustainable products and practices that can be incorporated into your addition, kitchen or bathroom renovation to ensure your home is beautiful, durable, and eco-friendly.
In honor of Earth Day, here are ways you can ‘go green’ in your household:
Water Conservation – There is a slew of fixtures and products you can incorporate into your bathroom to make water conservation even easier. This includes water-conserving showerheads and faucets as well as dual-flush or high-efficiency toilets that can save a family of four up to 16,500 gallons of water annually.
Energy Conservation – There’s another perk to going green besides helping the planet. Properly insulating your attic and basement, incorporating energy-efficient windows, and selecting a high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner can help to lower your utility bills. A few other simple fixes include CFL and LED lighting and a programmable thermostat.
Sustainable Materials –When it comes to selecting the finishes in your home, there are plenty of sustainable materials that will not cause harm to the environment. A few options include wood and cork, as well as glass backsplashes that use recycled materials.
Avoiding Landfills – Whether your project is a complete gut and remodel or an appliances upgrade, donating gently used items like cabinetry, furniture and refrigerators can help keep them out of landfills and put into the homes of those who need it the most. One charity that Normandy often works with is Habitat for Humanity; an organization that raises funds to help families build affordable homes. If you are interested in making a donation, you can find more information here.
Set up a time to meet with a Normandy Designer to ensure a beautiful and environmentally-friendly design built to last. Or, register to attend one of our upcoming seminars to learn more about the remodeling process. You can also visit our showroom in Hinsdale for more ideas, or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.