Planning a Green Remodel in 2022 – Top 6 tips
By: PODS Phoenix
Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and invest in green materials as they consider renovations to their homes. A common new step to home improvement projects is adding time in the pre-planning stage to source green alternatives to everyday home remodel choices. Tackling any remodeling project is difficult but making it an eco-friendly one adds to the challenge.
If you live in a hot climate that receives a considerable amount of sunlight – like Phoenix, Tucson, or Las Vegas, – you may have already switched to solar power or swapped out old leaky windows for energy-efficient models. Still, you may be stuck on what else you can do to reduce your carbon footprint as you upgrade your home. So here are some tips to consider before you begin:
6 Tips for a Greener Remodel:
Tip #1: Pre-Planning – Make a clear plan on where you can make the most significant impacts to reduce the waste in landfills. Source local building materials to reduce your reno's carbon footprint. Store materials and tools onsite in PODS containers to reduce back-and-forth trips.
Tip #2: Choose Materials That Are Environmentally Friendly – Make smart choices on eco-friendly products. To design your home sustainably, look for natural materials like bamboo and eco-friendly terrazzo countertops with recycled glass.
Tip #3: Donate vs Dumping – The less waste in the landfill, the better! Consider donating older cabinets, countertops, and any leftover building materials to local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity. Keep a PODS container on site to capture the donations.
Tip #4: Upcycle with Vintage finds – Make a vintage mantle, recycled light fixture or reclaimed wood wall the star of your new room.
Tip #5: Sell unwanted treasures on local neighborhood sites– Keep a PODS container onsite to conveniently store your treasures while you find new homes for them. Consider posting an ad to sell that old stained-glass door or bathtub you don't want anymore. One person's trash is another's treasure!
Tip #6: Use more energy-efficient items in your remodel -windows, furnace, appliances, lights - there are so many high-tech, smart home options to choose from to make your remodel greener!
"PODS can deliver a storage container right to your door and leave it there for as long as you'd like," said Steven Figueroa, Territory Manager PODS® Phoenix.