Adopting sustainability is one of the best decisions you can make and implement sustainable homes is far easier than you ever anticipated. Thanks to easily accessible resources available online, you can use environmentally friendly decorations in your personal style. From selecting eco – friendly products to enhancing your home design, leave a positive impact on our environment by following these simple, sustainable yet transformative ideas to make your home greener. A little research will turn you into a sustainable homeowner.
Here let’s get you started.
Always reuse and recycle
Reusing and recycling will not only help you save precious money, but they will help you get the best vintage look you can possibly hope for. Classic and vintage designs never go out of style. Before you decide on buying new furniture, take a journey back in time and visit antique stores, and bustling flea markets. The older pieces generally have a regal aura with beautiful and delicate craftsmanship. You can add playfulness into your homes by adding colourful eco-friendly products from all around these markets.
Go for vintage and eco-friendly products
You can create a home that’s stylish and has a small carbon footprint. You can achieve your green goals by using vintage fabrics, vintage furniture, non-dyed linens, paint with low chemical content, natural fibres and solar panels. Your eco-friendly choice will result in a collage of textures, bright colours, art, and light. At the same time use wooden flooring made out of reclaimed wood because of it eco-friendliness and high aesthetic value.
Use smart DIY accessories for décor
Renovate your existing pieces. Transform your old furniture items with simple hacks easily available online, like changing or re-staining the fabric of your table. You can also modernize an old dresser with new paint.
One way to go about is taking one corner at a time. You don’t have to renovate your entire house as green but take one small corner to make it green. Surf the web and find stylish accessories like wastebaskets made out of potato chip wrappers for example. Eco businesses are flourishing and a lot of companies are making eco-friendly accessories which are fun made out of recycled materials.
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Save water with eco-friendly bathrooms
You don’t even have to spend a bomb on it. All you have to do is install water-saving showerheads and toilets. Immediately replace or repair any leaking faucets to save water. Energy efficient water heaters are easily available in the markets. Opt for tankless hot water heater as it can help serve an entire house while saving energy.
Save water when you landscape your gardens using help from online videos to efficiently use your water. Or you can hire an interior decorator to design your landscape gardens. You can also redirect roof drainage as it can be easily used as a rainwater harvest technique which can be highly useful for later use.
Improve indoor air quality
Reduce incoming moisture, improve ventilation and seal off or exhaust unwanted dirt and fumes. The best way to improve your indoor air quality is by opting for natural alternatives to paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, pesticides and furniture materials. We don’t realize what and how our indoor air quality gets compromised. Use LED Lighting and replace old lights which only use around 10% of total electricity into light. Shopping for eco-friendly products from eco-friendly companies is a start in a right direction to improve indoor air quality and overall home décor.
Use Solar hot water system to harness energy for water heating requirements and save electricity. You can also coat the roofs with thermochromic paints to maximise heat and keep cool. Install cool roof tiles to maximise cooling in your interiors in the most sustainable way.
Use plants as natural air freshener
Having plants is the best way to add freshness to your homes. They also improve the aesthetic value of your space and reduce stress considerably. Plants with flowers bring colour and in cases even fragrance. Some of these plants are approved by the NASA scientists on their ability to purify your indoor air to clear air born toxins. Read more about it here.
Use natural light
Have more windows for an airy and bright look which reduces chances to use indoor lights. You can also strategically place the mirrors and reflective surfaces to reduce the dependency on artificial lighting during daytime. Consider installing bright tiles which reflect sunlight in your homes with high brightness index like Mega White Series.