Does your living room need a makeover? Then it’s a good time to invest in some energy saving, eco-friendly changes. Or maybe you are setting up your living room for the first time. Either way, there are ways to save money while keeping the environment in mind.
It’s easier than you think to take steps towards reducing the carbon footprint of your home. They these five quick and easy steps that will help you save money and create a more eco living room:
Use power strips. Power strips are an energy-saving option because they can be turned off, cutting power to multiple electronic devices all at once. Devices that are plugged in still use electricity even when turned off, especially if the appliance has a rechargeable battery.
Buy a smaller, LCD television. A big screen plasma TV may be an exciting prospect, but think before you purchase one. Smaller, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TVs use less electricity than plasma, and the smaller the TV the more energy-efficient. There are flat-screen, LCD TVs available.
Freshen the air with plants. You don’t need to invest in chemical air fresheners, many of which contain perfumes that can irritate allergies. Air fresheners also have to be replaced regularly. House plants, on the other hand, are inexpensive, beautiful, and natural air fresheners. They turn carbon monoxide into oxygen and absorb toxins from the air. Succulents, cacti, and orchids are good for beginners.
Consider salvaged wood furniture. This is furniture that is made from collected wood, such as fallen trees or driftwood. This kind of furniture can be purchased or, if you really want to save money, collect and make something yourself. You can assemble driftwood pieces artistically and glue them together into a mirror or picture frame, for example, or use a cross-section of a fallen log as an end table.
Update your lamps. You don’t have to sacrifice style to go green with your lighting. Simply replacing your existing bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) will cut your energy costs. Putting an inexpensive timer on your living room lamps is another way to save energy.
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