Our homes have become centers for work, rest, and everything in between! Being at home so often over the last few months has prompted many of us to change our rooms, especially our bedrooms. When you are renovating, this can also be an opportunity to make environmentally conscious choices for your space. So, here are 7 continuous exchanges you can make for your room!
Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds
When summer comes, you can easily turn on the fan. However, a more sustainable and easier option is to close your blinds, curtains or blinds. Covering dark curtains with a plastic base can reduce the heat in your room by up to 33%. During the winter months, let the sun enter your room and close your curtains at night to keep out the heat.
Next time your lights go out, turn them off with an LED bulb! These are small changes to your room, but they can make a big difference. To illustrate, if everyone changed one bulb in their home to an LED, the energy savings would be equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 cars! And just to make it better, they use less energy and can last longer than other light bulbs.
When summer comes, you can easily turn on the fan. However, a more sustainable and easier option is to close your blinds, blinds, or blinds. Covering dark curtains with a plastic base can reduce the heat in your room by up to 33%. During the winter months, let the sun enter your room and close your curtains at night to escape the heat.
Beds and Pillows
While your current mattress and pillow are the most environmentally friendly choices when it comes to replacing, make sure to also pay attention to the type of material used to make the bed. Like sheets, look for ones made from organic or recycled materials.
Smart Power Strips
The power strip is notoriously convenient but helps us forget to unplug it when our device is fully charged or not in use. To lower your electricity bill and become more environmentally conscious, choose to use “Smart” Power Strips. Unlike the traditional one, it has an outlet that will automatically cut off the power after detecting that your device is in standby.
Thrift Your Decor
If you want to transform your space, the cheapest and most environmentally friendly option is to use second hand. Savings slows down the life of the item and prevents it from clogging up landfills. Besides, your decorations will be unique! While thrift stores and antique shops may not be operating at their full capacity at this time, alternatives could include looking through the Facebook Marketplace and local groups,
Soy and Coconut Wax Candles
When we light our favorite candles to relax, we are actually filling our spaces with toxic air pollution. Most candles are made with paraffin wax, a petroleum byproduct. An organic, non-toxic alternative is soy wax or coconut wax. The two organic materials burn cleanly, produce far less carbon soot, and are also more durable and have a stronger smell than paraffin wax.