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Renovation Tips: Save Money and Go Green

save money and go green

Sustainability is big nowadays but it can be expensive. Brands are beginning to catch onto the popularity of going green and they can charge a premium for their products. It is important that you learn how to balance your renovation budget so you don’t overspend or compromise on your beliefs. Whether you are finding the cheapest laminate floors you can or you are making your own soft furnishings, there is plenty you can do. Here are some tips on how to save money and go green.

Second-Hand Furniture

If you are doing a complete refit, you might find that new furniture is incredibly expensive. Even opting for something from a cheaper site might prove to be costly if you are completely changing out a room. Instead of opting for buying all-new, take a look at what you put together from second-hand furniture.

There are many easy ways to source second-hand furniture for your home. See if there are any good depots or charity shops which will help you get big pieces. Wardrobes, sofas, and tables are all very easy to pick up second-hand. You can also look at local listings on resale sites and social media pages. What might be one man’s rubbish might be the perfect addition to your room.

Floors

If you are trying to save costs in the decoration of your home, you should definitely think about looking for some of the cheapest options you can. The cheapest laminate floors are a fraction of the cost of real wood floors but they will have the same effect and finish. 

Laminate floors are also great if you need to stay green when renovating. Wood is one of the most eco-friendly materials you can use. Laminate floors are also manufactured to meet modern heating standards and can be sent to recycling when you no longer want them. When you also consider that they are also one of the most energy efficient styles of floors, laminate floors really do come up a winner.

Upcycle

Sewing is a skill not many people have anymore but your renovations could be a great time to pick it up. It is easier than you think to turn unwanted blankets into something comfy like cushions. You can very easily find some easy patterns online which even beginners will be able to follow. 

You can make cushions and covers for parts of your home using a whole range of fabrics in your home. If you really want a challenge, think about reupholstering an armchair or creating a headboard for your bed. There are many ways you can upcycle something in your home and give it a new lease of life.

Renovations can be as affordable and as green as you would like them to be. If you are devoted to both of these ways of life, you can complete your renovations in a way which will fully satisfy you. Whether you are scouring second-hand markets or you are getting a bit crafty, there are many things you can try. Save money and go green. Do your part for the environment while not burning a hole in your budget.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of Ways2GoGreen.com and Ways2GoGreenBlog.com. I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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