There have been many questions for us on the process of green remodeling. These natural resources cost money to put in but, as we are depleting our resources and ruining the environment, such changes to the home are a great asset. One can remodel green in degrees, doing more or less, depending on your remodeling budget. Here is a selection of green changes you can make—from easy to extreme.

Remodeling Green – quick improvements we can all make immediately.

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Put reflective film on your windows.
  • Put cold-weather stripping around windows and door frames.
  • Use low-flow faucets and shower heads.
  • Change the amount of water your toilet tank uses.
  • Put insulation around your hot water pipes.
  • Put in reflective and insulating window coverings or treatments.

Doing Green Remodeling – Changes that aren’t too expensive, but really help.

  • Consider using a more energy efficient water heater, furnace, air conditioner, and appliances.
  • Use better insulated exterior doors and  windows.
  • Utilize low flow toilets and faucets.
  • Put ceiling fans in certain rooms.
  • Put shade trees around your home to protect it from the sun’s heat.
  • Try using building materials certified as sustainable or made from renewable resources.
  • Use environmentally-safe paints, siding, roofing materials and floor coverings.
  • In your addition or remodel, try using recycled or salvaged products

Green Remodeling—Extreme improvements.

  • Generate electricity through photovoltaic cells.
  • Us a solar-powered heating system for water.
  • Put in triple-glazed, UV reflection windows.
  • Put in a heating and cooling system that is geothermic.
  • Use only the most energy-efficient appliances.
  • Put in an energy-efficient metal roof.

We have a lot of homeowners who want to know whether these improvements will change the value of their home at the time of resale. In fact, the quick projects won’t impact the resale value of the home. Extreme green changes are attractive to only certain buyers, so such improvements may or may not have an impact on the resale value of the home.

The truth is that a great many of the green improvements are inexpensive to put in and such changes will improve the costs on your utilities. Some will, in addition, return your investment at the time you resell your house. Those improvements that will make the most difference in the resale value of your home are the following:

  • Installing energy-efficient appliances will give you back the amount you put into them.
  • Putting in new windows and external doors. The amount you recoup is also equivalent to the amount you put into them.
  • Using recycled or salvaged remodeling materials in your project will lower the cost of the project, but will not reduce the appreciation value of your house.
  • All other improvements mentioned have the capacity to appeal to specific buyers who want a green home. For other buyers, it will make no difference.

When doing a green remodeling project, consider your budget, changes that will have the greatest impact for your family, and utility costs before you consider resale value. Then you can decide which projects to do. Each of the above improvements will help the environment, will be more efficient and will save you the money you waste on utilities in an inefficient home. Your home will also be more comfortable for you.