How to be eco-friendly during your home renovation

A renovation means a fresh start - and there's no better time than now to embrace eco-philosophy. Here are five tips for a green renovation:

Get an energy audit

Before you start your renovation, find out how much energy your home is using and how you can cut down on those numbers. To find a qualified auditor, check online directories and read the reviews, or use social media for referrals. Knowing your numbers will help you find ways to make your home more energy-efficient and sustainable; you can plan for energy-saving appliances, LED lighting, and taps and showerheads that conserve water. Here's one by SP Services.

Choose sustainable materials

Ask your contractor or designer about recycled glass tiles, which are a beautiful way to repurpose glass waste. Bamboo wood and cork are good choices, too, as they are both fast-growing and sustainable materials. Use linen upholstery where possible - the material is naturally sustainable as it requires less water in farming. You can also be sustainable with the furniture you buy.

Choose low-VOC paints

VOCs are volatile organic compounds that can release chemicals into your home for years. Minimise this risk by choosing an environmentally friendly low-VOC paint, which you can find from Nippon Paint and Dulux.

Dispose of waste responsibly

If you are left with a lot of construction and material waste, make sure they are disposed of properly. Don't leave it up to the contractor. Waste is Not Waste is a great resource for finding solutions to dispose your waste.

Think long term

Choose a classic design that's not trendy or dated - you don't want to have to change the look of your home in a few years. It's a waste of money and resources. The quality of your renovation should also stand up to the test of time.