There are many ways to be eco-friendly. Whether it’s taking shorter showers, planting trees or carpooling to work, the possibilities are endless. Even when it comes to your home. In fact, there are many ways to turn your home into an eco-friendly home.

But aside from eco-friendly flooring and energy-efficient windows, the outside of your home is just as good a place to carry out your eco-friendly home plans.

Here are some green home improvement projects to not only spruce up your outdoor living area, but achieve a more eco-friendly home.

1. Add a “Green” Deck

Adding a deck is a great way to expand your home’s living space. It’s also perfect for entertaining guests and becomes useful during the spring and summer months when the amount of time spent outdoors increases. If you are already planning on building a deck, you can do so in an environmentally friendly way by using eco-friendly building materials, such as reclaimed wood over new lumber.

eco-friendly building materials

Not only does reclaimed wood have a desirably unique look since it’s aged and weathered, but it is actually more durable than new wood.

2. Replace Old Light Fixtures With Energy-Efficient Ones

One of the biggest landscaping mistakes to avoid is overlooking exterior lighting. Exterior lighting, especially at night, can substantially improve the overall look of a yard. And in terms of an eco-friendly home, consider solar lights. With the sun being their main source of power, you’ll see lower electric bills since solar lights charge up during the day and switch on at night – all using freely available energy. Even better, replace the rest of your old, worn out incandescent bulbs with LED lights that burn cooler, use less energy and give off a brighter glow.

solar lights

Solar lights are simple and can easily be placed in the ground around your home.

3. Replace Your Fence With Sustainable Woods

Much like a deck, a fence makes for a great addition to any backyard. Fences improve the aesthetics of a home, safely keep children and pets in the yard and create a privacy barrier between you and your neighbors. And if you’re thinking of adding a fence or replacing your current one, think about the materials you’re using. Similar to adding a deck that’s more “green” and environmentally friendly, the same principles apply in adding an eco-friendly fence. If you’re looking for the most natural solution, plants or trees can provide screening. However, this solution changes with the seasons.

bamboo fence

Instead of traditional wood or metal, opt for greener materials, such as bamboo (pictured) or reclaimed wood.

4. Shop for Eco-Friendly Furniture

Unlike building a deck or putting up a fence, outdoor furniture is something that gets overlooked in terms of building a greener home. When greening the outdoor of your home, don’t forget about eco-friendly furniture for the patio and garden. This can be furniture that consists of recycled materials, sustainable wood or reclaimed wood. Also, look at local garage and yard sales in the area. These are great resources for secondhand, eco-friendly furniture that can be repainted and given a new look, saving more resources than buying brand new furniture would.

eco-friendly furniture

The Emmet outdoor lounge chair and ottoman is made from 100 percent recycled high-density plastic.

5. Reclaimed Water Solutions

Looking to keep your lawn looking great, but don’t want the high water bill that comes with it? Fortunately, there are ways to reclaim water while keeping your lawn looking beautiful, such as installing a drainage system.

reclaimed water

Installing a drainage system that collects rain runoff from your roof and downspouts can be used to water your lawn. Just make sure your gutters are cleaned to ensure proper drainage.

Go Green With a Roll Off Dumpster

Now that you have some ideas on how to make a more eco-friendly home from the outside, the next step is to rent a roll off dumpster.

A roll off dumpster from Budget Dumpster is fast, affordable and a viable option for disposing of unwanted materials that come from home improvement projects. For a residential dumpster rental near you, call us at 1-866-284-6164 and rent a dumpster today!

Budget Dumpster

Budget Dumpster offers dumpster rental sizes for all types of junk removal projects, ranging from 10 to 40 cubic yards in dimension.