Going Green

Green design does not refer to any single style and can be contemporary or traditional, elegant or casual. The focus of green design is on the efficient use of nontoxic, sustainable resources. Here are the elements that make a design green:

Energy efficiency: Small ways to be energy efficient include using LED light bulbs, purchasing antiques and opting for appliances that have been rated as energy efficient. By choosing antiques, you are in effect recycling. Large-scale ways of making your space more energy efficient could include the use of solar panels and geothermal systems.

Seek out low-impact materials. The ones that are biodegradable, recyclable and free from harmful toxins. Make use of reclaimed items before they become part of our landfills. Whenever practical, choose products made from recyclable materials.

Conserve water by using rainwater and graywater when possible. Graywater can come from showers, sinks or washing machines and can be collected and used for watering lawns, washing cars and flushing toilets.

Use high-quality and durable materials for your environment. Well-made items will last longer and need to be replaced less frequently than disposable products or those made of low quality. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint overall by going longer between purchases and replacements.

These are just a few of the many ways to be eco-friendly.

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