10 Ways to Go Green in Your Home

“Going Green” is all around us in today’s market and so many people I speak with constantly tell me how expensive it is to go green. Here are 10 easy steps to help you to go green in your home.

  1. Carpet – 1 out of every four recycled plastic bottles is produced into carpet! That is more than three billion bottles every year! Select carpet produced from renewable or recycled supplies.
  2. Paint – Paint an accent wall in a boring room, or bring life to an old bathroom paint job. Select paint that is non-toxic and consists of small or no volatile organic compounds.
  3. Pillows. Use certified organic fabrics to create window treatments or accent pillows. You’ll be shocked at the choice of colors and patterns accessible.
  4. Floors. When selecting hardwood flooring, using reclaimed wood adds a touch of antique, organic beauty to your home. Also selections of sustainable bamboo woods is readily available for your choosing.
  5. Counters. Search for products that are produced from recycled glass, ceramic or sustainable bamboo. Use them in you kitchen, bathroom and bar areas.
  6. Accessories. Don’t just throw away your older items — breathe new life into vintage pieces instead by pairing them with fresh accessories. Reupholster an old arm chair or add an accent pillow to give it a fresh, new appear. Create a wood frame around an old mirror to give it new life in a dull bathroom.
  7. Lighting. Install fixtures than have a dim feature. Also use compact fluorescent lights, which can consume as much as 75% less electricity and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
  8. Bathrooms. A brand new shower curtain can update the whole look of your bathroom. Look for nylon, which is a lot more eco-friendly than most of the other selections. If you want to go further, install radiant heated flooring for ultimate energy saving and luxury “green” comfort.
  9. Faucets. Look for faucets with the WaterSense label, which can save the average household a lot more than 500 gallons of water each and every year and hundreds of dollars in utility bills.
  10. Bedrooms. Transform your bedroom with eco-friendly bedding. Duvets, shams and linens are accessible in organic supplies and recycled yarn.

Cary Blumenfeld




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