Today’s Solutions: May 17, 2022

After spending so much time at home over the past year, many people are feeling inspired to improve their spaces with renovations and DIY projects. Sprucing up your home is exciting, but like everything we do, it also has an environmental impact. Today we share six tips from architect Devi Dutta-Choudhury and MindBodyGreen on how to renovate your space more sustainably. 

Place your windows with purpose

Use natural light and windows to work with your natural environment, not against it. By placing windows and skylights in commonly-used spaces, you can cut down on energy needs. If you live in a cooler climate, windows can also be used to provide sunlight and reduce heating costs. 

Salvage what’s usable

Go into every renovation project with the goal of saving and reusing whatever possible. You won’t be able to reuse everything, but salvaging what you can will cut down on waste and save you money. 

Recycle!

Making new changes in your home is exciting, but it’s also important to dispose of old materials properly. Research where different materials should be recycled and communicate with your construction team about where waste is being directed. 

Shop locally

Just like food, shopping for construction materials locally will support your community’s economy and cut down on your project’s footprint. Look for sustainably sourced options within 200 miles of your home and research sustainable alternatives to traditional building materials (like bamboo for hardwood floors).

Invest in energy-saving swaps

Finishing touches are often where you can save the most energy in your home. Commit to energy-saving appliances, low flow plumbing, LED lights, insulated windows, and solar panels. 

Be smart with your design

It can be tempting to get sucked into the latest design trends, but at the end of the day, your home should be built to be most functional for your personal lifestyle. Invest in a design that will serve you and your family in the long term. If you’re working from home permanently, maybe prioritize a home office over a walk-in closet, or if you love to garden, reserve that space for growing beds rather than a lawn.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Europe may launch plan requiring solar panels on all public buildings by 2025

Countries are speeding up efforts to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources, not just for the sake of the climate, but also to build independence from Russian petroleum. Germany accelerated its own schedule to ... Read More

Breakthrough method that rescues lithium from wastewater

Electric vehicles are the future of transport. Electric vehicle sales increase year after year and, in 2019, accounted for 2.6 percent of global car sales. Electric vehicles are an essential change to be made for ... Read More

Algae powered a basic computer for over six months

Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to imagine our highly technological society coexisting with the natural world. A lot of the time, we seem to live our lives entirely online, in this realm not only ... Read More

Adding blueberries to your diet could help stave off dementia

From slowing cognitive decline to accelerating chronic wound healing, blueberries can have many surprising health benefits. Now, scientists at the University of Cincinnati have uncovered that adding blueberries to your daily diet in middle age ... Read More

An X-ray explosion of a white dwarf star captured for the first time

Everything comes to an end, even stars! When these burning balls of hydrogen and helium use up all their fuel they shrink to white dwarfs. In some rare cases, these dead stars can flare back ... Read More

A species of East African jumping spider targets recently fed mosquitoes

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so the saying goes. As it turns out, this applies to humans and the natural world as well. Mosquitoes are the prime movers of malaria around the ... Read More