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How to Tell if Your Appliances are Actually Green

eco-friendly appliancesThe effects of human activity on the environment are real, and homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to make their homes greener without making dramatic lifestyle changes. By decreasing energy and water use, you can make a significant environmental impact. However, this doesn’t mean that your family doesn’t have to resort to sitting in the dark or hand-pumping water out of a well. By utilizing green appliances in the home, you can make a significant impact.

But what exactly are green appliances? These types of appliances use less electricity and water to run. As a result, your individual home needs are far less than someone who uses old appliances. Overtime, you will see dramatic differences between your family’s electricity and water consumption. Some of the best ways to tell this difference is on a yearly basis. For example, the amount of resources you use for the month of December this year will likely be less than that of last December when you used outdated appliances.... read more

Remodeling Your Kitchen with the Environment in Mind

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms of your entire home. From cleaning to cooking and eating, it’s no wonder that this room can also produce the most greenhouse gases from your home. However, the good news is that there are multiple opportunities to green your home simply by making changes in the kitchen. Whether you are looking for a few big changes or a complete remodel, consider the following tips to help make your kitchen the greenest room in the home. 

Energy-Saving Appliances

Kitchen appliances not only affect your electric bill, but they are also some of the most greenhouse gas producers in the home. These same appliances can also contribute to unnecessary water waste. From refrigerators to dishwashers and ovens, you can be making a negative impact on the environment just by doing everyday tasks. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a decreased energy output and three trillion gallons of water can be saved if every American home switched to energy-efficient appliances.... read more

5 Different Ways to Remodel with the Environment in Mind

Your home is considered your sanctuary, but have you ever thought about how your house impacts the environment? Many environment-conscious individuals are taking steps to reduce emissions, such as walking more and driving less. However, certain items in the home can actually impact the environment just as much as driving a car, if not more. Any home remodels should take the environment into mind, and here are five main ways you can accomplish this task.

Switch Your Appliances

If you are tired of your old dishwasher or washing machine, consider how getting a new one would also be a green move. Modern appliances use less energy and water, which saves on valuable resources. When it comes to refrigerators and ovens, newer versions don’t need the same amount of electricity to run as their older counterparts. This saves money on your electric bill, and it also reduces your family’s carbon footprints.... read more

5 Ways to Integrate Bamboo in your Home

Bamboo flooringIf you’re looking for a sustainable material to integrate into your home, look no further than bamboo. Bamboo is a fast growing plant that takes a short time to fully grow and regrow again, making bamboo an eco-friendly option in comparison to other woods. It’s an extremely versatile material, used in construction, home goods, clothing, and even for transportation. Prized for its renewability and sustainability, bamboo is one of the most popular materials in the green home design and décor.

How to Use Bamboo

Regardless of your budget, space or restrictions on time, there are a variety of ways in which bamboo can be easily added throughout the home. The following are several ideas on how to integrate this versatile material in your space:

1.       Flooring

Instead of using hardwoods, bamboo can be a great alternative for flooring. Bamboo flooring is known for its strength and durability, and is even resistant to insects and moisture damage. It’s also widely available, given the quick maturity and renewability of bamboo. Homeowners who are looking to build a more eco-friendly home will find bamboo to be a great option for their home.... read more

How to Keep your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

If sustainability and eco-friendliness are important values to you, then it’s best to start with your own home. And there’s no better place to start than your kitchen. As one of the most frequented rooms, the kitchen can play a major role in the overall sustainability of your home. The following are some tips and advice to help homeowners keep their kitchen as eco-friendly as possible:

1. Use Recyclable Materials
One common eco-friendly tip is to avoid synthetic materials in favor for more natural alternatives. This is especially true for the kitchen, where there are numerous opportunities to switch to recyclable, sustainable materials. For example, instead of purchasing plastic or ceramic dinnerware, alternatives made with wood or recycled glass are viable, eco-friendly options. Wooden cooking utensils and clay pots are options that can add a natural look to the kitchen. The use of recyclable materials can also extend towards linens and aprons – by choosing organic cotton or fibers, you can create a more sustainable kitchen environment.
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