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If you are planning a home remodeling project, why not try to be as environmentally friendly as possible while doing it? There are many ways that you can remodel your home, on a budget, while using materials that are friendly to our earth.

Recycle

We all know that you can recycle paper and plastics but what about recycling your old fixtures and furnishings? If you are planning a major remodel, you may be tempted to rent a dumpster to throw away all of your unwanted goods. Instead of spending the money on renting a dumpster, call your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other area thrift stores. Many of these stores will pick up items directly from your home. By donating your unwanted items, you are saving them from going into a landfill and may be helping someone else complete their home remodeling project using your unwanted items. You may also get a tax break if you have donated enough items throughout the year.

Your Eco-Friendly Home: Buying, Building, or Remodeling Green

Reuse

Not only should you donate unwanted items to local thrift stores, but you should shop them also. Thrift stores receive many donations each year, although you may have to dig a little to find what you are looking for they may have it at a fraction of the cost. Donating and shopping at your local thrift store will save you money, keep items from the landfill, and since most thrift stores are run by a non-profit organization, your money will be helping your community.

Be Energy Efficient

There are numerous ways to make your house more energy efficient. You can make your home more energy efficient by simply replacing all of your light bulbs, using either compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED). Switching to either of these options may seem expensive, but these bulbs will use less energy and last up to eight times longer than the traditional incandescent light bulbs. Another great option for saving energy inside your home is to check your large and small appliances for the Energy Star label. Using products with this label can save you up to thirty percent on your electrical bill in one year, which will also reduce pollutants in the air and gas emissions.

Use Environmentally Friendly Materials

Ten years ago, it was very expensive to use environmentally friendly materials when building or remodeling your house, but as the popularity of using these items grows the prices seem to be getting lower. One eco-friendly product that is making a comeback is linoleum. This product was very popular sixty years ago and is regaining that popularity again due to it being made from organic materials and its ability to last for a very long time. If you are replacing carpet, you may want to consider using wool carpet. Wool carpet is biodegradable and chemical free. If you are thinking of using wood for your floors, you have many choices. Using reclaimed wood, bamboo, or cork floors are all eco-friendly choices, and will fit into any budget.

Use Local Materials

By purchasing products that are local to your area, you are not only helping keep your money local but you are using items that are easily sustainable for your area. Making choices like this can be very beneficial to our earth, our pocketbooks, and our health.

Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes for the Area Rug Store.

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