Let’s cut right to the chase: living as eco-friendly as possible is better for the environment and it’s better for you.
That the impacts of climate change have been and are estimated to be significant is not news. With global temperatures constantly rising the results amount to things like an extended growing season for agriculture. CO2 emissions threaten our health, wildlife, and increase the frequency of natural disasters. The earth’s surface temperature in 2019 was 1.71 Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature for the 20th century.
Most of us are aware of mindful habits to implement in our communities like recycling, driving ‘electric’, and paying attention to sort our trash. But with more time spent indoors, it is well worth thinking about how you can make your home more environmentally friendly from the inside as well. How to live eco-friendly? Well, being environmentally friendly means green living. That means making changes in your habits and lifestyle to conserve energy and minimize the air, water, and noise pollution that you and your family might emit.
On a brighter note, there are plenty of fun ways you can make your home and yourselves healthier for the environment through simple home design and remodel choices. We bring you some of these spruce ideas from Sarah Bowen, an interior designer who runs Spruce Up!, a project dedicated to helping people love and improve their homes in an eco-friendly way. She shares easy and effective tweaks, alternatives, and additions you can implement during your spring cleaning, a redesign in any room, a decluttering session, and even in renovation projects. These tips will make your home cleaner, safer, more efficient, and less wasteful.
Home Decor Tips
Increase Natural Light
One of the best ways to be mindful of energy conservation is to have as much natural light as possible. There are also ways to help achieve the illusion of natural light without breaking the bank. “My first tip is to look at the amount of natural light you have in the room. A lot of natural light can not only improve your mood, but it'll also reduce the amount of electricity you use. Lighter walls and curtains can make the room appear brighter and bigger, but be sure to layer textures and color to keep the room from looking cold.” For more effective means of adding natural light, have a general contractor or window installer determine just how much you can knock down or install without too much fuss.