Planning a green renovation is good for your family, the environment, and ultimately your pocket. And the initial outlay doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Regardless of the size of your renovation there is always room for at least one green feature. For example, if you’re renovating a bathroom, why not install a rain water tank to hook up to your toilets? This greatly decreases the amount of water used by one of the most water intensive utilities in your home and can decrease your water usage up to 10% or roughly 10,000lts per year.

By starting at the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) website it is easy to compare your energy and water bills to the average Australian home, the website also contains interactive tools to help you identify opportunities for water and energy saving.

Other very useful tips for greener renovations include:

• Taking advantage of the natural environment around your home. Try to harness northerly light for winter, while shading the northerly and westerly sun in summer. A great way of doing this is to plant deciduous trees that allow full sun in winter while creating a canopy in summer. Awnings over windows are also a must
• Insulating your renovation according to the climate. Wool is an excellent natural fibre that can be used instead of man-made insulators
• Choosing energy efficient appliances (washing machines and dishwashers) for you home
• Installing solar heating panels to replace gas or electric hot water systems
• Using recycled or sustainably logged timber for doors and windows – when finished well, timber will hold up well and blends with the garden
• Utilising energy efficient light fittings. Compact fluorescent fittings provide huge savings over their lifetime
• Using low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints to create a healthier environment in your home

While the above list is very easy to include in your renovations, it only includes a fraction of ways to make your home greener and a better place to live.

Just Screw It  recognises and encourages employing sustainable design and building practices to have a positive effect on the local and global environments. Give us a call to talk about making your home carbon neutral.