Eco-Friendly Renovation Options In Singapore

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With climate change on the rise, we can all do our part in reducing our carbon footprint. Ever wondered how you can make a difference in tweaking your home to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle? Let us shower you with ideas and some inspiration for eco-friendly renovation options in Singapore:

#1 Paint with low VOC or VOC free paint


Before you rush off and start buying a bucket of paint off the shelves, there are in fact many potential health hazards that can arise from paint. Conventional paint contains a higher level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which include chemicals like benzene, methylene chloride and others that have been linked to cancer.

These compounds are also released into the air, causing ozone depletion; stripping away the protective layer absorbing ultraviolet radiation that poses a danger to humans, animals and plants.

With small changes in our purchases, we can reduce harm on the ozone layer and the people living in that space. Choose low VOC or VOC free paint.

#2 Use energy efficient appliances and low flow shower heads


For most households, showering accounts for approximately a third of household water usage. It is a good idea to think about making more environmentally friendly changes. Take low flow shower heads for example: these have a water consumption rate of as low as half a gallon per minute – a five minute shower can consume just two-thirds of the water a normal shower head would use.

Beside reducing water consumption, you can opt to install energy efficient appliances like water heaters and fridges. Look for certification like Energy Star, for efficient devices. The less power you use, the fewer fossil fuels and gasses we need to burn (ultimately, the power you use is coming from a power plant). Besides, energy efficient devices save you money.

#3 Turn to solar panel systems


Solar energy is a brilliant way of utilising the energy from the sun to generate electricity for your house. Taking energy from something that is readily and freely available on a day to day basis? Why not?

Despite the growing popularity, many might still be fearful in that the initial investment may
be high. However, according to sources like EMA and BCA, the cost of solar panel systems has been falling by an estimated four per cent per year.

In addition, EDB states that nowadays the cost of generating solar energy is competitive with the cost of fossil fuel-derived electricity provided by the national utility, even without subsidies.

Though operating costs for solar panel systems are negligible, there are annual maintenance costs to consider. This may amount to 0.5 to one per cent of the installation cost.

#4 Choose greener flooring alternatives


Cork is an overlooked sustainable flooring option. It has several benefits that include easy installation such as a click-together floating floor or as glued-down tiles, natural insulation and it’s impermeability to liquid – perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. In addition, cork doesn’t accrue dust and contains Suberin which is a natural substance that fends off mould, mildew, rot and pests. A bonus preventive measure for those with allergies.

So why is cork a green alternative? Cork comes from a renewable source, which is tree bark. Trees regenerate their bark after the cork is harvested. The harvesting process is strictly regulated to minimise damage.

Besides cork, there are other greener flooring options available on the market such as bamboo and linoleum. You might want to consider those as well.

#5 Choose LED light bulbs


Turn to Light emitting diodes (LEDs) light bulbs, an energy-saving bulb, in turn meaning less costs for you as well.

They use only two to 17 watts of electricity, a significantly smaller amount compared to incandescent light bulbs. LEDs only use a quarter of the energy and last up to 25 times longer whereas incandescent light bulbs waste 90 percent of their energy as heat. LED bulbs help to save electricity, remain cool, and save money on replacement costs because of their long-lasting feature. The battery life is 10 to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Pricing is also competitive with incandescent bulbs, due to the introduction of inexpensive silicon wafer replacements in the LED light bulbs.

What do you think about these eco-friendly renovation options? Voice your thoughts in our comments section or on our Facebook community page.

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