Are you interested in purchasing or building a home made of recycled, eco-friendly materials? Building your home from sustainable materials can help lower your utility bills and improve your quality of life in both your home and community. Going green is easy, and you don’t have to sacrifice style or stretch your budget to achieve this goal. Read about these recycled, sustainably-harvested or organic products you can use to build or renovate your home.
As an alternative to concrete, straw bales takes it back to the days when homes were built with natural materials found locally. Straw bales are used to create a home’s walls inside a frame, replacing concrete, wood, gypsum, plaster, fiberglass or stone. They provide a high-level of insulation from heat or cold, are affordable and are sustainable resources. Straw can last thousands of years and bond well to stucco or plaster.
If you’re renovating your kitchen or bathroom, consider using recycled glass for your countertops or backsplash. Icy hues from recycled glass can give your room a modern look and feel. Recycled glass is often called bio-glass and can be recycled again and again after its use.
Reclaimed Wood or Metal
Salvaged pieces of wood or metal can add rustic character to your home and give something old new life. Historic wood or metal pieces can be found online, at resale shops or local hardware stores. You can use salvaged wood or metal for many different projects, such as wood paneling, cabinetry, accent walls, ceilings, floors or staircases.
Use Low-VOC and VOC-Free Paint
VOCs are volatile organic compounds and release harmful molecules in the air with the potential to cause long-term health effects. VOCs are found in many household product like cleaning supplies and paint. Using VOC-free paint is a safer alternative for your home and family.
Cork or Bamboo Flooring
Cork harvesting is a sustainable practice and is a natural, green choice for flooring. Cork is collected from the bark of cork oak trees, doesn’t harm the tree during the process and grows back within years. Bamboo has a similar look and feel as hardwood and is both durable and moisture-resistant. It can be harvested without disturbing the root system and grows back much faster than wood.
Take advantage of the sun and harness its power with solar panels. While this is the largest time and monetary investment out of all of the above, investing in solar energy cuts your electric bill down greatly. Look into programs or government subsidies to help offset costs associated with solar-panel installation. Some companies are willing to enter into purchase agreements with homeowners interesting in solar-panel installation.
If you’re interested in renovating your home and need some extra cash, call us today at 1-844-77-vLoan to see if you qualify for a cash-out refinance to invest in your home’s environmentally-friendly footprint. Follow vLoan on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with our #LiveGreenWithvLoan campaign for more environmentally-friendly home tips.