Eco-Friendly Home Tips: Bedroom/Living Room

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We spend a lot of time in living rooms and bedrooms, so we want what’s best for them! If you want to make these spaces eco-friendlier, you can make small, active changes to help make them safer for you and the environment.

Paint & Cleaning Products

Conventional paints and cleaning products can include VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds. The American Lung Association warns that VOCs can damage human health while the EPA states that VOCs are “common ground-water contaminants.” The EPA also says VOCs can exist in cleansers, disinfectants, paints, paint strippers, and other solvents.

If you decide to redecorate, choose low- or anti-VOC paints. You can also find environmentally friendlier versions of your favorite cleaning products with more natural ingredients. Many manufacturers make eco-friendly or green cleaning products that use natural or plant-based ingredients. Certain manufacturers, like Seventh Generation, include a full ingredient list and explanation of the ingredients on their website.

Fun fact: for light cleaning, you can try at-home cleaning solutions. Vinegar and lemon juice act as natural cleaners while baking soda can help remove odors and stains.

Upcycled Furniture

Take old or used materials and use them to create something better! You can take old furniture and transform it with a coat of paint or new stain. Turn old t-shirts into cozy pillowcases or cushions.

Using repurposed or previously owned materials instead of buying new also keeps your carbon footprint low. You also stop materials from getting tossed in the landfill! Upcycling requires very few new tools or materials outside of the ones you might find in your home.

Mattress & Bedding

Your mattress may contain more toxic chemicals than you think. They often include chemical flame retardants, ingredients derived from petroleum, and VOCs. Eco-friendly mattresses use products without these chemicals. Instead, they might use:
  • Plant-based oils
  • Organic wools
  • Cotton
  • Latex
  • Natural rubber
  • Coils without chemical coating
Pair your eco-friendly mattress with environmentally friendly bedding for a greener sleeping experience. Eco-friendly bedding can use organic cotton, linen, bamboo, or hemp while remaining just as comfortable.

LED Lights

Make the switch to environmentally friendly lighting to boost your sustainability and to save money on your energy bill! LED lights use a lower wattage than other lighting, which means they require less electricity to power them. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential LED lights, especially Energy Star rated products, can use up to 75 percent less energy and can last 25 times longer than incandescents. By using less energy, LED bulbs help reduce the amount of carbon emissions let into the atmosphere by power plants.

 

Make your home eco-friendly with a few changes. Want to switch to LED? HomElectrical carries a vast selection of LED lighting to help you find the lighting you need.

 

Recommended Reading

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Avery Dietzen
Avery Dietzen

Originally from Wisconsin, Avery earned her degree in English before making the trip down to the Atlanta, GA area. Writer by day, reader by night, she prides herself on having a creative outlook and tries to instill that in everything she writes. As a content writer for HomElectrical, she uses her skills to share tips and tricks about lighting, HVAC, and going green. If she’s not writing, she’s reading, painting, hanging out with her dog, or spending time with family and friends.

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