“The future is green energy, sustainability and renewable energy.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
The term “going green” has become quite popular recently. With an increase in awareness around environmentally friendly products and the importance of sustainability, many have contemplated “going green”, but hesitate to do so because they believe that it can be costly.
Although it’s true that some “green” lifestyle or design related changes can be costly, there are in fact many cheaper alternatives that can help your home become more eco-friendly.
To begin your “going green” journey, it is key that you educate yourself on the topic in order to see the benefit of your changes, and to find out what specific changes are best suited for you. We know that filtering out the the right information found online can be challenging, so we thought we’d direct you to a few resources that will get you started on the right path.
The Homeowner’s Guide to Green Renovation is a free, reliable resource that will take you step by step through the planning your green renovation.
If you’re a true nature lover, then you’ll enjoy digging deeper into the heart of this issue with our free and insightful Sustainable Design Guide.
Once you have a better understanding about how going green can improve your life, it is time to start implementing some easy and cost-effective changes.
Lighting The Way:
Switching to LED lighting is one of the easiest ways to go more green. Simply unscrew your old bulb, and add in a new one. LED lighting gives off less heat and uses less energy than standard lighting.
A Step in the Right Direction:
When looking for new flooring, ask about those made of recycled material. This option is available at little or no additional extra cost at some places.
You can also look for used yet stylish furniture to incorporate into your home to give your home an added twist.
See a Greener World:
Installing energy-efficiant dual-pane windows, which have tighter seals, is a way to prevent warm and cold air from escaping. Decreasing the use of AC and heat during the warm and colder months of the year. When installing these windows, one has the option to reformat their current windows or replace them with new ones.
Lighten Up the Pressure:
A perfect to save money and energy is by reducing your water usage. A simple way to do that is to switch to a water efficient shower head.
Spread the Message:
The tips mentioned above are just some of the few cost-effective ways you can “go green”. To continue to make a change in this world, remember that one of the most important things you can do is spread the word!