Sharon from Interior Design Degree is our honorary guest writer on Vidafine focusing on eco-friendly interior design alternatives. Interior Design Degree aims to provide aspiring interior designers with information on how to get started.
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The need to go green has spread far and wide and people are beginning to understand that they must play their part in helping our environment by not only getting involved in eco-friendly activities but also by adopting such measures in their daily lives as well. The focus on new buildings and houses constructed these days revolves not just around design and comfort but also around energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. If your home is an energy-guzzling monster that does not allow you to adopt green measures, here’s your chance to change to green when remodeling or renovation time comes around.
• Start with your appliances: You may hesitate to invest in new appliances, especially if your old ones are still in good working condition. But if your power bill is high, you could bring about a considerable reduction by going in for appliances that are Energy Star rated and which use the minimum power. This not only saves you tons of money in the long run, it is also eco-friendly. Besides this, take care to switch off appliances and shut down gadgets when they’re not in use.
• Reduce your water usage: Water is one of the earth’s most precious resources, and as the years go by, we have less and less of it. In addition to ensuring that your faucets and pipes don’t leak, invest in low flow shower heads and flushes that use the minimum water. You could also optimize your water usage by recycling the water from your drains and using it to water your lawn and your garden.
• Reduce, reuse and recycle: Don’t change what does not really need to be changed, and try to reuse what you already have. If you’re tearing down windows and doors, reuse the frames where you can; and if you’re left with stuff that you cannot reuse, try and recycle it. Polish and refinish your floors instead of pulling them out and replacing them entirely, and reupholster your furniture instead of buying a completely new set.
• Use eco-friendly paint: Every renovation job comes with a fresh coat of paint, and this is your chance to use colors and combinations that don’t contain toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These are not only poisonous when inhaled over a period of time, they’re also harmful when released into the atmosphere.
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• Use organic and sustainable products: If you’re buying wood, ensure that the logging methods used are sustainable (the wood is certified if it is so). If you’re using aluminum, buy material that’s recycled. And as much as possible, use organic substitutes for scarce resources.
Even the simplest changes you make in your lifestyle make a difference when done regularly and religiously. So start today, and you can ensure a safer and greener planet for the future generations to come.
This guest post is contributed by Sharon Harlan, she writes on the topic of interior design degree online. She welcomes your comments at her email id: firstname.lastname@example.org.