By Jenny Harrison:
So you have moved into that new house and it doesn’t quite feel like a home yet. There are certain tweaks you would like, wouldn’t you? All homeowners have their own ideas of how they’d like their home to look and feel. Few, however, care about how their home should act.
As weird as it may sound, your home can do much more than provide shelter. Your home can contribute to this world by being more environmentally friendly. Here is how you can enhance your new home checklist with some eco-friendly home improvement ideas. They may seem like a huge investment up front, but the payout is infinite.
1. Upcycle Old Stuff
Before you throw out your old bed or any other piece of furniture, ask yourself if it can be reused. That is upcycling. All it takes is a little time and a fraction of cost. More often than not, a new layer of paint is all you need — but you have all the creative freedom in the world. Here is a list of things you can upcycle:
- Cupboards and cabinets
- Old doors and windows
- Virtually any piece of furniture
2. Invest in Eco-Friendly Fixtures
Save more in utility bills by investing more in eco-friendly fixtures. From lights to shower heads, you can find the “greener option” in every category. Check for Energy Star certification of all the products you buy for your new home. Here are eco-friendly replacements that can save the planet:
- Light bulbs and lamps
- Taps and showers
- Electric appliances
3. Go for Fair Trade Options
If you must buy new stuff for your new home, invest time in investigating the origins of that commodity. Fair trade certification means that the product was ethically sourced under certain eco-friendly standards and human rights guidelines. Be sure to check fair trade options for the following:
- Cotton bedsheets
- Handcrafted decoration pieces
4. Grow More Greens
Grow more plants inside your home and around it. Do not forget that plants are our biggest defense against pollution. And no home is too big or too small for a bit of greenery. There are several creative ways to grow plants in a smaller space. Here are a few plants to consider:
- Chinese money plant
- Weeping fig
- Peace lilies
5. Paint It Green
Not literally, unless you really want your walls to be green. Rather, go for environment-friendly paints with the lowest amount of Volatile Organic Compounds. These low VOC paints have a smaller carbon footprint. Go for Green Seal Certified options like these:
- Natura by Benjamin Moore
- Harmony by Sherwin-Williams
- Bio Shield
The most useful home improvement you need is to upgrade the entire ventilation system so that you don’t have to rely on electric appliances as much. Let there be an easy passage of natural light and fresh air, but also make sure there is proper insulation for chillier days. Remember, these home improvement ideas can take a load off our environment and your soul.
Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking tech-, home- and lifestyle-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she has shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently, Jenny is associated with New York moving company All Around Moving Services Company Inc.She specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.