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There are many misconceptions surrounding sustainable home conversion. Often times the idea of converting your space into a green home can seem challenging and daunting. when, in reality, small changes can have a huge impact. In this blog I hope to help bust two main myths around home sustainability:
- Expensive green energy technology is a must
One of the major misconceptions people have going into a green remodelling project is the assumed necessity of large and expensive renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines. However, small changes can make a big difference. Along with replacing electricity-draining appliances like your refrigerator, washer and dryer with sustainable models, simply limiting your energy use with energy-efficient light bulbs and dimmer switches can have a drastic impact. Improving home insulation through weather-proofing windows will also reduce the need for heating and cooling. In the winter, area rugs will also help trap heat in your home. We touch more on these simple topics in our multifunctionality of furniture blog.
2. A total home environment overhaul is required
You may be tempted to completely overhaul your home in keeping with sustainable guidelines, but know that any major remodelling project you undertake will create waste – even if the end goal is a greener lifestyle. Focus on the smaller details like lighting fixtures, bathroom appliances, insulation and waste management that don’t necessitate rebuilding an entire section of your home – you’ll save yourself money along with valuable natural resources. Read our blog on design for energy efficiency here.