4 Ideas to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly
Is your New Year’s resolution that you want a green(er) home, only you don’t know how to approach this new lifestyle? Then you have found the right place.
Actually, you don’t have to make a great deal of effort to get started and add green to your everyday life. As a bonus, you will definitely experience a positive difference to your bank account.
1) Economize on the Light
The first place you should start making changes is your light.
You may already know this, but LED lights are much better for the environment – and for your electricity bill. Furthermore, LEDs have a longer lifetime as they can give light in up to ten years
However, if you care about interior decoration, you may want to pay attention to the shine of the LEDs. LEDs tend to emit a more cool, blue light rather than the regularly warm lightning that comes along with the incandescent bulbs.
To get the warm and cozy glow, look for LED bulbs that give off a more yellow-based light.
2) Use Reclaimed Wood Furniture
The next step you can take towards a green(er) home, is to incorporate certified sustainable furniture in your home.
Especially in regards to wood furniture can you make a difference.
First of all, you should buy your wood furniture as locally as possible as it will contribute to a smaller footprint and simultaneously support the local jobs.
Furthermore, reclaimed wood is directly reused wood from previous designs. For that reason, reclaimed wood is an earth-friendly alternative.
In continuation of the above-mentioned, buying vintage pieces is highly preferable. It is generally possible to find pieces in good conditions. As a rule of thumb, you should pick furniture that is durable and well-made.
If you suspect the least, let the furniture be.
There is no point in receiving a piece of furniture that’s going to be replaced within a few months.
3) Read the Tags
When you want to buy for example new pillows – check the tags.
You may assume that all natural fibers are more eco-friendly than synthetic material, only that is not always the case.
The synthetic material contains a remarkable amount of pesticides. Due to this fact, you should always look for more organic cotton as it is grown without chemicals. Furthermore, organic cotton is colored by using natural colorant.
If you want a special synthetic fabric make sure that the tag says recycled polyester. Then you know for certain that the fabric is made of clear recycled water bottles – and then contributes to a green(er) home.
4) Save money on rainwater
As part of your lifestyle towards an eco-friendly home, you should think about accumulating rainwater.
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Although you can’t use rainwater to shower or drink, it can be applicable to the remaining water consumption such as car washing, garden watering, toilet flushing, and laundering.
By making this investment, it will be beneficial to your economy and the future of tap water.
A family of four can save around 60.000 liters of water per year, which will contribute to tap water being available for a longer time.