Home renovation can help save the environment. In 2020 and beyond, renovating one’s home can be a project that makes one’s home more beautiful and functional while helping to promote sustainable living. New technology is making this all happen.
Green home renovation is fast becoming a trend. To have a ‘”green house” used to refer to a place where plants and crops are raised in a separate location in one’s yard or farm.
These days, it refers to a property that was designed to limit the production of unwanted waste products, increase the efficiency in the use of resources like water and electricity, and aesthetically highlight its harmony with the looks and feel of nature.
Of course, it is acceptable to accent one’s home with good wood for traditional kitchen cabinets, tables, and chairs. There is nothing that can compare the feel of wood flooring. Also, many furniture companies now offer products made from new as well as reclaimed wood.
To have a DIY green renovation project, one can also focus on new technologies that improve the efficiency in the use of electric and water resources. This focus will lead to a reduction in expenses for utility bills, a shift to renewable energies like the sun and wind, and promoting a more sustainable culture in home construction and renovation.
For a green home renovation project, one may consider several easy-to-install products in the market, such as the following:
Solar Water Heating
Solar water heating helps you save money by reducing energy costs to make water hot. A conventional storage type of water heater collects water in a tank, which is then heated up for a specified period. That entails a higher use of electricity. In contrast, a solar water heating system does not need to store water in a tank; hence, one can get a tankless set-up. The solar collector component of this technology captures the sunlight and uses it to heat the water. Some solar powered systems collect the heat of the sun to convert it into energy that can be used to run the water heater.
A solar tankless water heating system uses electric pumps to run water through a heating element connected to the solar collector. That is a new, efficient technology worth looking into. With some technical advice from the manufacturer, you can choose to install this useful technology by yourself or get a little help from the handyman. Either way, the savings in heating costs will be worth the investment in the long run.
Rooftop Wind Generator
The latest design in rooftop wind generators combines solar power generation and wind turbine concepts. The F1 race car airfoils inspired the airfoils used to capture and redirect wind. Unlike the race car’s foil, which is mainly designed to reduce drag and promote car stability, the airfoils on the wind generator redirect blowing wind to maximize the turbine action, which creates a wind tunnel effect. All these contraptions work together to generate additional power for the home, all using renewable energy from the wind and the sun.
Smart Power Switch
Using a smart power switch is also another great idea. The power switch is a simple but effective energy saver. It is designed to monitor the use of appliances and automatically shuts them off when not in actual use. When in standby mode, the smart switch consumes only as little as one watt. This smart switch looks like regular switches, but they have radio wave capabilities that enable it to be connected to a wireless network. That means a homeowner can turn lights on or off by using wifi controls. It also has motion sensors that make the lights turn on when movement is detected, for example, when a person enters a dark room.
Controlled Flush Toilet
In terms of water conservation, an excellent option to include in green home renovation is the use of a controlled flush toilet. This type of bathroom throne enables the homeowner to use a specific amount of water for each purpose. One can select the liters of water to be used for flushing, which leads to savings in water and, eventually, a decrease in water bills.
Rain Drum for Plant Watering
Another simple project, which can be a DIY green initiative, is the use of a rain drum for plant watering. By installing an elevated drum with a drain pipe that leads to a faucet, one can allow rainwater to be collected in the drum. Later, the same water is redistributed for watering plants or crops around the house. That is an old school technique that had been outshined by the water faucet, powerhouse, and modern sprinkler systems. This old-time method makes more sense today when everybody needs to make efficient use of water.
These sustainable home installation projects may use natural elements like water from rain or utilize modern inventions that make power available by harnessing the sun and the wind. When putting together, they help save the environment in the long run while meeting the present needs of people. Indeed, going green is the way of the future for our homes to become more beautiful, functional, and sustainable.