Open any construction magazine or flip the station to any showplaying on HGTV and it's clear that one of the top trends in home remodeling is the move toward environmentally friendly practices and materials. From solar panels to no-waste households and more, homeowners of all backgrounds are gathering together to create more sustainable ways of living.

 

In the Kansas City area, it is no different. In fact, many homeowners are using their remodels as an excuse to upgrade their space with features that not only look great, but also help the earth. Some of the most common ways homes can become eco-friendly include:

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Install Efficient Windows
Windows, like those made by Andersen, are quickly becoming a major way that homeowners are "going green". Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, windows by Andersen now use less natural wood, opting instead to use recycled or alternate materials, which helps to cut down on tree usage and waste. Some styles even give you the choice of including special glass that cuts down on the transfer of heat, keeping your home more energy efficient all year long.

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Improve Insulation
Even standard materials like attic insulation are a major factor in homes becoming eco-friendly. While often overlooked, paying attention to and updating your home's insulation as needed will help keep air from escaping out of your roof, making sure your heating and cooling systems don't have to work overtime for the same comfort levels. Not to mention, having the proper insulation also helps to keep your bills low each month.

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Use Composite Materials
Across the industry, building materials like hardwood floors, decking, and siding, are starting to be made with more composite materials than they are traditional wood. Inspired by the style and grain of natural wood, composite materials are made up of recycled materials, and are stronger than their traditional counterparts. This shift in manufacturing both decreases the number of trees needed to create lumber, while minimizing waste thanks to the extended lifespan and virtually no need for upkeep on these sustainable materials.

The next time you begin a home remodel, take into consideration how you can incorporate eco-friendly materials and practices into your design plan. When you do so, you'll not only be doing your wallet a favor with lower energy and replacement costs, but you'll also become a part of the movement that is helping better the environment for everyone.

To learn more, or to start your eco-friendly home remodel, visit Total Home KC today.

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