Global temperatures are steadily rising, and it’s our duty to reverse this process. We must find simple and effective ways of doing things with minimal to no harm to our environment. With this in mind, your next home improvement should put the environment first and take all possible measures to remain eco-friendly.

Refresh, Don’t Replace

Home improvement is an expensive affair, so what better way is there to cut costs than to refresh your home rather than replace everything? Replacing parts or entire rooms in a home calls for demolition and the creation of a lot of waste. In 2018, the United States generated 600 million tons of construction and demolition debris, a large addition to landfills. Don’t let your home improvement contribute to this statistic, so do what you can to keep as much out of the landfill as you can by simply refreshing things, like trim by painting it rather than installing it afresh.

Donate or Sell Excesses

The old saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, holds true for home improvements. Instead of having all the parts and fixtures you need to replace end up in the landfill, consider selling them or giving them away if they are in good working order. Donating what you don’t need may also have the added benefit of earning you some tax cuts. Get durable and long-lasting parts as well so that your next home improvement project won’t have to be in the near future and you get reasonable use of what you have.

Use Eco-Friendly Solutions

Once you embark on your next home improvement mission, always consider finding solutions that are eco-friendly. For example, if you’re thinking of getting exquisite wood flooring, consider using bamboo. It’s strong, durable, keeps moisture out, and is cheaper. Bamboo is in a league of its own when it comes to flooring. Bamboo grows fast and is one of the most eco-friendly alternatives to the wood you can get. As a plus, it’s pesticide-free, and upon harvesting, its root systems are not destroyed, making them very easy to regenerate. For paint, use paint that has low or no volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Each year, over 1.57 billion gallons of paint are sold in America alone, and since VOC-based paints pose a long-term health threat to households, it’s good to avoid them.

Recycle and Upcycle

Recycling is a great way to keep the environment green and ensure your finances are in a good state. When working on a home improvement, therefore, it’s in your interests to recycle and upcycle whenever possible. Just because you’re replacing something does not mean that you have to get a brand new version where a recycled one would work just as well. Shop around to find parts that can work well when recycled, including porcelain, metal, ceramics, concrete, tile, bricks, and asphalt.

For example, metal awnings and canopies typically last for 20 years or more. If yours is more than 10 years old but is still in great shape, try to sell it. Then, you can get a new, eco-friendly awning for your home using part of the money you earned from selling the old one. Additionally, recycle what you can rather than simply throwing it out and getting brand new options, and your bank’s health will also benefit because recycled parts are generally cheaper than brand new ones.

Use Smart Appliances

Finally, make use of smart appliances if you don’t have them already installed. Switching out your dated appliances in favor of new and modern ones will not only see you make savings thanks to better efficiency in your power usage, but it will also help keep the environment in good health thanks to leaving a smaller carbon footprint. From smart thermostats that automatically regulate the home’s temperatures to motion-sensitive faucets that help minimize water waste, you will have plenty of options available to you when making sustainable improvements to your home.

Follow the five tips above to make sure that your next home improvement does not leave the environment in a worse state than it was before. You will find that keeping the environment green is a lot easier than was previously assumed.