Home renovations blog: Turning your property into an environmentally friendly oasis

By the resi financial blog team, 22 April 2015

Home renovations blog: Turning your property into an environmentally friendly oasis

Sustainability is a buzz word. Australians are constantly looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint, but what does this mean exactly? For some people it might mean making smarter choices with how they use energy in their home - but for savvy investors, it could mean making a couple of improvements to your property to make it more environmentally friendly. Green renovations could even draw in a new pool of interested buyers at sale time. 

To put your home onto the energy efficiency map, here are a few tips to guide your project. 

Insulating factor

Sometimes it's what's on the inside that counts - and this is definitely the case with your home. Ineffective insulation can cost you big time on energy bills and even turn off environmentally-aware buyers.

However, creating a cosy interior in winter and a cool oasis in summer can be as simple as replacing or topping up insulation in your home. Home improvement projects give you a great opportunity to see into areas of your home that your probably wouldn't have been able to access otherwise, such as inside walls, ceilings and under the floor. You can check the state of the insulation yourself, but it's worth getting help from a professional. 

Light it up

A good lighting plan can boost your home's sustainability reputation. Energy efficient lighting doesn't need to be dull - it's a great chance to make a design statement while cutting back on power at the same time. Consider a sleek and modern pendant light in the kitchen or living area. These use a lot less energy than halogen downlights and give you an ideal chance to inject some bang-on-trend style into your home. 

Following the industrial craze, oversized, rustic shades are a great contrast against a modern kitchen and tie in well with more traditional designs. Hammered and smooth copper fittings are also a popular choice and are a superb focal point against warm, neutral colours and natural materials. 

Home improvements can be both stylish and environmentally friendly. To get the best of both worlds, get in touch with a loan specialist at resi  to check out what home renovation loans are on offer. 

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