From growing garbage patches to rising sea levels to flaming forests and out-of-whack weather, it’s no secret that our planet could be in a better state. Fortunately, there is something we can all do to make a meaningful positive impact on the environment – and you don’t even have to walk out your front door.
It’s as simple as optimizing the eco-friendliness of your interior design. Perhaps best of all is that it doesn’t have to involve installing expensive solar panels or investing in a whole new range of energy-efficient appliances. Even the smallest of alterations can make a world of a difference – both to our planet and your utility bill.
Why You Should Go Green
First and foremost, going green is by no means an expensive affliction. As you’ll find out below, there are many affordable and easy-to-implement alterations that you can make to the interior of your home. As for why, this go green information posts details the most important reasons. Rest assured there’s one that strikes a chord with you.
Your windows are a major source of heat loss. Thermal curtains work to prevent this and control room temperature by adding an extra layer of protection over your windows. In summer, they’ll block out the sun’s heat so that you can use less air conditioning and fans. In winter, thermal curtains trap in the heat so that you can turn down the thermostat.
This one’s a no-brainer. More plants mean more oxygen and cleaner air. Additionally, they’re a great way to add some life, beauty, and ambiance to any interior. Use fragrant plants such as lilies, bamboo palm, mint, gerbera daisies, and pine. Your guests will be delighted by the refreshing scents that grace their noses when they walk in.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, or VOC for short, are chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature and are found in a number of household products. This includes air fresheners, candles, cleaning products, adhesives, furniture and most commonly, paints. In your home, VOC concentrations can be up to five times higher than outdoors.
The problem with VOC is that they contain harmful chemicals that contribute to health problems such as nausea, kidney damage, allergic skin reactions, nervous system damage, and cancer. Avoid VOCs by opting for Green Seal-certified products and those labeled as “low odor.” When buying furniture, opt for pieces that feature low-VOC finishes.
When it comes to the flooring of your home, avoid carpet wherever possible. Not only is the material outdated, unstylish and difficult to clean, but it also harms the planet when it’s manufactured. The same chemicals and pollutants are then released into your home during the carpet’s lifespan. Hardwood flooring is a much more eco-friendly option.
Swap older lights for LED bulbs. Use fewer paper towels and more cloths. Pick up some power strips to reduce energy drainage. Install a water filter to avoid buying bottled water… the list can quite frankly go on forever. Think about the impact of your daily household activities and you might find a few that can be changed. Every small step counts.