Many people have started projects around the house while stuck in isolation. Some folks turned their bedrooms into oases, while others converted their basements to the ultimate hangout zones. Another popular theme in home and garden circles was embracing sustainability. Consider making these home design changes that help the environment if you have yet to tackle the jobs.
Let in the Light
Winter is the worst—the skies are always so gray. For this reason, lots of homeowners leave their lights on throughout the season. Try your best not to do this if you want to be more sustainable. Instead, let in natural light. Embracing natural light will lower your energy bills and make your home more environmentally friendly. What’s more, increased exposure to natural light comes with benefits such as improved mood and productivity.
Make the Old New Again
Another home design change that helps the environment is refurbishing old furniture. Sure, new furniture items are sleek and comfortable, but they can be incredibly expensive, and their upholstery and other materials aren’t always good for the environment. However, making the old new again is an environmentally friendly way to revamp your home’s design. For example, choose a sustainable fabric with which to reupholster your couch. Another idea is to use recycled glass tile in your pool or home. The tile will look brand new, but without the hefty price tag or environmental consequences.
Stay Warm Without Turning on the Heat
This winter has been particularly brutal for almost everyone in the country. That means lots of homeowners are cranking up their heating systems without a second thought. But there’s a better way to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer: quality insulation. Consider reinsulating your home with environmentally friendly materials to cut down on your energy consumption. The best part? Your energy bills will be lower, too.