Making your home more earth friendly is not just good for the planet — it’s good for you. Taking advantage of solar energy, reclaimed and secondhand building materials, and emerging technology means that you can save money while doing good. When you’re going green while building or renovating your home, count on Orlando dumpster rentals company, Junk Angels, to remove and recycle everything that neds to go.
Use Reclaimed and Salvaged Materials
Many homeowners are hopping on the reclaimed materials bandwagon. Reclaimed wood in particular is especially popular for countertops, flooring, and wall coverings. You can also incorporate salvaged materials into your home such as bricks, tiles, natural stone slabs (marble, granite, etc.), doors, and windows that have been removed from other buildings. In addition, many architectural salvage yards and secondhand shops offer a wealth of vintage elements that will add character to your home, such as doorknobs, mantels, light fixtures, bathtubs, and sinks.
Salvage What You Can
If your countertops or cabinets are still in good condition, consider refacing rather than replacing. Ditto for sinks, tubs, floors, and countertops. It costs less than buying new fixtures and reduces the energy and resources required to produce new materials.
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Most new appliances incorporate energy-saving technology that reins in operating costs. If you’re buying a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine, look for one that carries the Energy Star seal. Make sure toilets and showerheads are low flow. Take advantage of smart thermostats and lighting that you can control from your phone.
The better insulated your home is, the less energy you’ll use to heat and cool it, reducing your consumption of fossil fuels and electricity. Although foam insulation may disintegrate over time, the good news is that rather than replacing it, you can simply add to it.
Let the Sun Heat Your Home
Installing solar panels on your home’s roof can significantly lower heating costs and can power appliances such as your water heater. While up-front costs may seem high, you’ll recoup your investment in just a few short years.
Let Us Help
When you’re ready to go green, contact Orlando dumpster rentals company Junk Angel to haul away the debris from your homesite. We’ll recycle what we can and dispose of the rest.