Due to the disastrous effect of the climate change, there is a worldwide clamor to make industries and residences go green. Going green or shifting to eco friendly homes can help in reducing toxic wastes and pollution which can damage the environment. You can help save the environment by doing the following home improvement ideas in your own home.
Recycle old furniture and things
You don’t have to throw away an old cabinet or stash it in the storage room to accumulate dust. You can have it varnished or re-painted and use it to store your children’s toys and books. You can also sew old clothes and blankets into a quilt for the kids to use. Use patterns from Quilts from Sweet Jane: Easy Quilt Patterns Using Precuts paperback from Amazon.
Use energy-saving lights
Change your lights into Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) because these use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. This GE 26 Watt Energy Smart CFL – 6 Pack – 100 Watt Replacement from Amazon can help you save a lot.
Change your cloth curtains into bamboo curtains like Bamboo Ring Top Curtain BRP 05 Window Panel, 40 by 84-Inch, Driftwood from Amazon which allow natural light and ventilation inside the house during the day so you can switch off the lights and the air conditioner.
Clean the air inside the house
Place potted plants in the living room not just to beautify the room but to clean the air as well. Choose plants that produce oxygen and absorb harmful chemicals (trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene) as well like Chinese evergreen, Peace lily, English ivy, Spider plant, Bamboo palm or reed palm and more. Use planters like this Acanthus Urn from Ballard Design to hold the plants.
When choosing for bed sheets and blankets, opt for those that are made with natural fibers like cotton so you can stay comfortable without using the air conditioner. The Room Essentials® Ombre Comforter Set from Target is a good choice. Use also a mattress that is free from polyurethane foam for added comfort.
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