Tips on going green list will start by hiring a certified green interior designer to assess your home or office and provide you with a complete report.

A professional home or office Energy Auditor will give you a thorough picture of where your home is losing energy and what you can do to save money. This short video explains well how an auditor proceeds when they visit your space.

Take action by reducing, reusing and recycling everything you can.

Switch to CFL’s and eliminate Halogen bulbs.

Use no VOC paint.

Water is precious, check for faucets’ leakage and repairs them.

Shop and buy local.

Building materials disposals should be done in the proper municipal areas.

Buy natural toxin-free household products.

Change for renewable energy such as solar, wind, geothermal...

Buy eco-friendly building materials only.

  • Green solution when you are renovating or building a new house is certainly to be prepare and to stick to your plan. You will save time and lots of money by keeping it a priority.
  • Other tips on going green will be to set up a well thought out plan and budget.
  • During renovations, changing your mind every time you turn around can cause a disaster; do not go out of your plan and budget after you start.
  • Have confidence in yourself. Input from neighbors or family members can influence you to the point of having your newly finished renovation delayed …and anyway, it’s your house or home office, not theirs...and it will add expenses on your plan and budget!

A MUST: Make sure all your material has been ordered and has arrived onsite before work begins and this will help you stay within your plan and budget. Buying local materials is a green solution!

  • With the collaboration of a designer, plan the design, budget, purchase of materials, demolition and construction with a certified contractor and please let them know you want to stay in your plan and budget when you first started this renovation unless there is a major situation happening when you open the walls!!!
  • A well-structured budget is the secret to a nicely planned renovation. For a newer home, 15 to 20% is added to the budget for “just in case”, but if it is an older home renovation situation, I add 30%. This “just in case” should cover any construction surprises that might occur.
  • Find the sites where you will be able to dispose of all your waste/unused material.

Note that if you are doing the work yourself, these tips on going green are pertinent questions:

  • Do you want to replace only a few elements or change everything while keeping the existing layout?
  • Who uses the space (bathroom, kitchen, home office...etc...) the most often? Take note of how it is used for a week; for example, might you need two sinks in the bathroom in order to speed things up in the morning?
  • Have you looked through all the decoration magazines and cut out your preferences; for example: toilet, sink, shower, vanity, ceramic, colors, etc.?
  • What is your plan and budget for this renovation?
  • Do you have specific needs, such a grabber by the bathtub? I often advise my clients to install one as it is very useful for helping someone getting out.
  • Is there another bathroom or kitchen utilities available while the work is being done? If not it may be possible to do the renovations when school is finished and the kids are away at summer camp or visiting their grandparents.

  • What will make your new space special for you? A television, sound system, filtered light!!!
  • How much storage space do you need? When the space is not big enough to install all the storage space you may need, you will have to consider storing some things in another area of the house.
  • Do you need a clothes hamper?
  • Does the window need to be changed?
  • Does the ventilator or air changer need replacing, or must one be installed?
  • What kind of heating will you use? I love heated floors!

In any cases, stick with your first accepted plan and budget to get the most out of your renovations and to prevent unsatisfied and ratter unpleasant experience, and those are the best tips on going green.

Going green is about the health impact of what we do and the products we use!

Tips on going green include these decluttering process.