Top 6 Tips for Planning a Green Remodel in 2022

LAS VEGAS - nvtip -- Home remodels are on the rise across the country. A research summary by ( indicated that Americans spent $538 billion at home improvement stores in 2021. And the U.S. home remodeling industry is expected to see a 4.1% CAGR between 2021 and 2027.

Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and invest in green materials as they consider renovations to their homes. A common new step to home improvement projects is adding time in the pre-planning stage to source green alternatives to everyday home remodel choices. Tackling any remodeling project is difficult but making it an eco-friendly one adds to the challenge.

If you live in a hot climate that receives a considerable amount of sunlight – like Phoenix, Tucson, or Las Vegas, – you may have already switched to solar power or swapped out old leaky windows for energy-efficient models. Still, you may be stuck on what else you can do to reduce your carbon footprint as you upgrade your home. So here are some tips to consider before you begin:

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6 Tips for a Greener Remodel:

Tip #1: Pre-Planning – Work with your designer or contractor in advance. Make a clear plan on where you can make the most significant impacts to reduce the waste in landfills. Source local building materials to reduce your reno's carbon footprint. Store materials and tools onsite in PODS containers to reduce back-and-forth trips.

Tip #2: Choose Materials That Are Environmentally Friendly: – Make smart choices on eco-friendly products.

Tip #3: Donate vs Dumping – Salvage what you can within reason. The less waste in the landfill, the better! Consider donating older cabinets, countertops, and any leftover building materials to local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity. Keep a PODS container on site to capture the donations.

Tip #4: Upcycle with Vintage finds – Garage or thrift store finds can make some of the best conversation pieces. Make a vintage mantle, recycled light fixture or reclaimed wood wall the star of your new room.

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Tip #5: Sell unwanted treasures on local neighborhood sites– Keep a PODS container onsite to conveniently store your treasures while you find new homes for them. Consider posting an ad to sell that old stained-glass door or bathtub you don't want anymore. One person's trash is another's treasure!

Tip #6: Use more energy-efficient items in your remodel -windows, furnace, appliances, lights - there are so many high-tech, smart home options to choose from to make your remodel greener!

Don't rush! Remodel on your own time. "PODS can deliver a storage container right to your door and leave it there for as long as you'd like," said Dave Allen Boyd IV, Territory Manager for PODS® Las Vegas.

Jennifer Curtis-Neves

Source: Consortium Media

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