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Renovating Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Nowadays, people are becoming more and more into renovating their home to adapt a green lifestyle. If you want to help preserve the environment, you need to start small, and you can do this by changing some of the things that you do in the house. These are only a few things that will help you live green.

Paint

Select only paint brands that are certified to have no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) if you want to give your home a new paint job. VOC in paint can compromise your family’s health by releasing chemicals in the air, and can also increase the level of toxicity in the soil of landfills. 

Cabinets

The formaldehyde on cabinets that are made of plywood, particle lumber and other similar materials can release poisonous gases as these fixtures get old. If the cabinets in your house were manufactured using these supplies, take them out and get ones made from solid or reclaimed wood to replace them with. Don’t immediately take out cabinets just because they look worn if you can still refinish or repaint them to make them look new. 

Floor Coverings

Vinyl is an extremely poisonous material that does not only affect the environment negatively, but causes ailments to people exposed to it. If it’s time to replace the covering of your kitchen floor, linoleum would be the smart way to go. 

Bathroom

You can lessen water use in the bathroom by installing a low-flow toilet instead of a regular one, and affixing a flow reducer to the shower. If the bathroom itself needs to be retiled, look for tiles that were produced with recycled glass.

Fabric and fiber

Always choose organic fibers for various parts of the house; for instance, you can fill beds, cushions and pillows with cotton, feather and wool fillers. In addition, wool rugs and carpets are better than those made of synthetic fiber as tough chemicals are used to produce the latter.

Indoor plants

Placing certain plants inside your home can enhance the look of your house, and can also purify the air that you breathe. Chinese evergreen, English ivy and lilies are some plants that are capable of ridding your home of pollutants.

Lighting

The use of incandescent light bulbs contributes to carbon and other similar air pollutants because it uses up a lot of energy. More sustainable options like LED (light emitting diode) lamps or CFL (compact fluorescent light) use less energy, but are as radiant as incandescent light bulbs. 

Lighting II

On the subject of lighting, you can also maximize natural light in your house by strategically placing your windows, as well as by equipping your house with sun tunnels and skylights.

There is no way that a single person can conserve the earth alone, but one person can definitely get on the right track by practicing these simple steps. Aside from contributing to earth preservation, these tips can also ensure that your family will have a healthy and sustainable place to live for a long time. 

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