Eco-Friendly Design

Eco-Friendly Interior Design

Being eco-friendly does not just pertain to the ways in which you create or use energy in the most obvious sense. It also plays into the things inside of your home and the benefit they bring to your environment. Using these simple, but effective, eco-friendly interior design tips will bring a breath of fresh air to your domain, while helping to reduce an otherwise unnecessary waste of products or raw energy.

  1. Energy-Efficient Windows:

The problem with most houses, especially older ones that haven’t been remodeled or updated in some time, is that they are produced with cheap, inefficient windows. Even when building newer homes, builders will often skimp on the types of windows installed to help push sales to the consumer — little do they know that cutting corners will be a huge setback in the future. Energy-efficient windows allow you to significantly cut back on your consumption of energy to heat and cool your home, saving you money and keeping you comfortable. Getting a new set of windows for your home isn’t cheap up-front, but it is a worthy long-term investment.

  1. Materials:

We can’t say enough about materials. Essentially, think about the items you buy for your home in the same way you think about how you recycle and manage waste. The cheap materials used to create many affordable and trendy pieces have a short shelf life and will ultimately begin to deteriorate over time and, when sent to the dump, hurt the planet. Be conscious of the materials and look for organic, wood and stone items that won’t have a negative impact on the environment when you decide you no longer love them. 

  1. Energy-Efficient Lighting:

Paying attention to the way you light your home is extremely important. Do your research the next time you decide to buy a set of light bulbs to fix that favorite lamp. Modern technology has come a long way in terms of energy-efficient lighting; not only do light bulbs now last twice as long in most cases, they also come in a plethora of wattage options. Know what stats are necessary for safely lighting your home to avoid using excessive energy on lights in your home. You’d be surprised by how far a bit of research and planning can go into reducing your monthly electricity bill too. 

  1. Let in the light:

It is important to embrace sunlight in your home. Natural lighting will not only reduce your dependency on flicking on the lights, but it also can benefit your health. In colder months, the lack of vitamins you receive during the summer months is often associated with winter blues, so bringing in additional light from the great outdoors can help to curb your altered mood. In addition, natural light is a huge benefit to plant life you might have co-existing with you at home. It’s a no brainer that plants need light, but strategically coordinating light with your plant life will create a more breathable and healthier space for you as well. Let the light help bring in that fresh air without even opening a window.

There are plenty of ways to bring eco-friendly tactics into your home — it just might take a bit of planning. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption, all while increasing your standard of living and the liveability of your environment, these tips are a great place to start! Get creative and take a good hard look at the next item you buy for your home. Whether it’s a new set of coasters or a new refrigerator, there’s always considerations to be had in regards to sustainability.

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517.349.9330 (phone) | 517.349.7131 (fax)
2422 Jolly Road, Suite 200, Okemos, MI, 48864