Let the ReStore Save You Time and Money on Your Next Home Renovation Project

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Renovating your home may seem like an overwhelming and expensive endeavor but in reality, utilizing a variety of these eco-friendly tips can save you time, money, and can help reduce waste. Whether you are looking to completely redesign your home, or just perk up a room or two, try a few of these environmentally sound methods.

1. Buy Reclaimed Materials. Do not fall into the pressure of having the newest appliances or materials. Utilizing reclaimed materials are in some instances better, more affordable, and reduce waste. Shopping at reclaim centers, such as the Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. ReStore, can be hugely beneficial to those looking to renovate while on a budget. Using reclaimed wood around your kitchen or yard can add the perfect charm and elegance without the marked-up price.

2. Deconstruct Rather Than Demolish. If you are planning to overhaul your home, add a new room, or tear down a wall, see what you can salvage and reuse first. This is not only environmentally friendly, but can save you hundreds of dollars in materials. Light fixtures, flooring, tiles, bricks cabinets, and even wood can be reused in a myriad of ways around your home.

3. Donate Unwanted and Unused Material. This goes hand in hand with the first tip. If you can’t use the materials you save, don’t just throw it away. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores are happy to take unused construction material as well as appliances. Not only do they accept all unwanted material but donations are sold and proceeds go toward building new homes in underserved areas. Thus, donating your unused material can be greatly beneficial to your community. All donations are tax-deductible. To locate a ReStore near you, simply put in your zip code on Habitat’s home page. www.Habitat.org

4. Think Efficiently. The advantages of modern renovations are the new advances in energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. In the past large appliances, like refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens, wasted a lot of electricity and generated less energy. Modern day appliances can do the same functions better with less power, saving you a lot of money in the long run.

5. Insulate. Much like tip four, creating an energy efficient home can save you a lot of money in heating and energy bills. When renovating, insulate your home with high quality insulation. The better insulated your home is, the better it will retain heat in the winter and the cooler it will be in the summer. This culminates to a more moderate thermostat and of course, a lower energy bill.

Choosing to renovate and redesign your home with eco-friendly methods not only save you money, but are also better for the planet and your community. Taking these steps into consideration can compartmentalize the ambiguity and make your renovations simple and stress free. To find out more about The Habitat for Humanity ReStore or to browse for a location in your area, visit the ReStore website.

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