According to a poll by Realtor.com, over 30 percent of respondents currently live in an eco-friendly residence, and nearly 85 percent of those surveyed said they would like to own an eco-friendly home. But even those who don’t live in eco-friendly homes are making changes to go green by adding energy-efficient appliances and lighting.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options on the market for eco-friendly products, appliances and energy-efficient gadgets to turn up the green on your home. From window treatments to non-toxic mattresses, here are five ways to make your home a more eco-friendly place to live.
Upgrade your windows to energy-efficient alternatives to improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your bills at the same time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends selecting windows with bow low U-factors and low SMGCs to maximize energy savings in both cold and hot seasons.
Next, make sure all windows are properly caulked, sealed and hung properly to keep your home as energy efficient as possible. And once your home is outfitted with energy efficient windows, it’s time to dress them appropriately. Consider heavy thermal drapes to help seal in your energy in every season.
The decor you use in your home can be eco-friendly, even if it’s not specifically designed for its energy-saving qualities. Choose eye-catching wall tapestries to capture your signature style. Tapestries are also a fashionable alternative to paint that could otherwise cause toxic fumes and and requires paint thinners and strippers that give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
You can also get inspired by nature to start decorating. A bowl of colorful pebbles or seashells from a beachside walk freshens up a bathroom or living room table. Meanwhile, a small bud vase with wildflowers from your backyard with a few twigs gives your home a rustic chic feel.
Your floors can actually help purify the air and increase your home’s indoor air quality up to 85 percent. Lauzon Pure Genius creates the same effect of having three trees inside your home. Their floors are manufactured without solvents, VOCs or formaldehyde. Consider their Titanium finish flooring with a light-activated, air-purifying agent made from titanium dioxide to integrate into the floor’s finish and help purify your air.
Home energy monitoring systems
Monitor the energy efficiency of your home with CURB. The device plugs directly into your circuit breaker panel to give you real-time data on the energy your home is using. CURB can also give you better insights into which appliances may be eating up the most energy, and which to replace with more energy efficient options.
The Nest thermostat can also help monitor the energy used in your home, and learn your behaviors and patterns to adjust. Once the Nest knows you leave for work at the same time everyday, it can lower the cooling or heating until you return to help maximize your energy.
It’s easy to overlook that the mattress you sleep on may come with petroleum-based polyurethane foam, toxic fire retardants and chemical adhesives to name a few. Avocado Green Mattress creates eco-friendly, non-toxic mattresses that are handmade to order and created from organic material. Mattresses are air-compressed and shipped directly to your home in a box. And as an added bonus, the company will even recycle your old mattress set for a truly eco-friendly experience and restful night’s sleep.