Remember, entering into a 'green' remodeling' project means to prepare yourself in order to choose amongst options, features and products that serve your interests the best. While buying materials, choose organic, healthy and low impact things like bamboo flooring, natural plasters, natural fiber carpeting, low VOC paints and stains and non-synthetic and natural finishing like bedding linens and cleaning products.
Other alternatives you have are products with high levels of salvage like natural stone and lumber, agricultural byproducts like wheat board and linoleum and recycled products like fly ash in concrete. As these products are durable and come with low maintenance, they don't have to be replaced or refinished often. This way money and energy is saved, while waste is kept out of landfills.
Apart from it, you could also consider products produced locally or regionally when going into green remodeling. This is because these local products support the local economy and have lower levels of embodied energy. This means that less energy and resources are used during its production and transportation as everything is found and done locally.
In addition to using these ecologically safe products and materials for green remodeling, there are some tips you have to bear in mind for reduced consumption of energy in your home. For example, use more of solar power through solar water heaters, passive solar and photovoltaics, where electricity is generated from solar power.
Try to have a long lasting metal roof or use light colored 40 year old shingles for your roof as it is reflective, thus absorbing less heat and lowering air conditioning bills.While you are re-siding the exteriors of your home, don't forget to utilize oriented strand board or low formaldehyde material.It is really good to install water efficient fixtures like low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators and dual flush flush toilets to reduce your utility bills.
While choosing tiles, re-use salvaged tiles with 50% or more of recycled content in them.Always try to close your windows while taking insulation, infiltration prevention and durability into consideration for better heating and cooling of the home, and thus reduced utility bills.It is an ideal to use LED bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs, and make sure built in lighting fixtures can accommodate LED bulbs too.
By keeping all these points in mind while implementing green remodeling project, you are sure to be proud pretty soon of your environmentally friendly house.