“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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pillows. Use certified organic fabrics to create window treatments or accent pillows. You’ll be shocked at the choice of colors and patterns accessible.
- 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.
- Counters. Search for products that are produced from recycled glass, ceramic or sustainable bamboo. Use them in you kitchen, bathroom and bar areas.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bedrooms. Transform your bedroom with eco-friendly bedding. Duvets, shams and linens are accessible in organic supplies and recycled yarn.