Eco-Friendly Ideas for a Homeowner [Infographic]

If you think that implementing eco-friendly measures in your home is more expensive than it’s worth, it’s worth considering that most of these measures involve short-term spending for long-term saving. Ultimately, the costs of installing new features will end up being recouped in the long run. Also, homeowners who make their homes more environmentally friendly often feel satisfaction that they are doing their bit for the good of Mother Nature.

If you would like to improve the eco-friendliness of your home, there are some very simple and inexpensive measures you can take as a very good starting point. For instance, opt for energy-saving light bulbs with low wattage that will last you for much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Also, get into the habit of using washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full, as using these appliances with half-loads or less is a highly inefficient practice that will serve only to plump your utility bills.

If you are very serious about living in an eco-friendly home, projects such as installing solar panels on your roof and adding insulation to walls will drastically reduce your carbon footprint and greatly boost your home’s value if you decide to sell it further down the line. These are prime examples of how a relatively minor investment now could reap substantial savings in the longer-term.

This infographic from EZ Living Interiors explores a few more ways in which you can transform your home into an impressively eco-friendly residence.

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DIY Pallet Projects [Infographic]

“Pallet projects are on the rise, just because in the 21st century we’re recognizing the power of upcycling, and in seeing that there are multiple ways to use materials to create the effects we’re after. In days of yore, the humble pallet was overlooked.

The pallet was just a platform (literally!) to deliver the stuff that we needed to help us to transform our spaces for the better; flooring, tile, and other building materials that were the raw materials for our dream homes. But, that’s so 20th century!

As something of a salute to the potential of the pallet, and DIY pallet projects that are being conceived and created right now, here’s a graphic centered around what you can do with your pallets once your boxes of flooring, tile, etc are unpacked. Take a look!”

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A Simple Way to Embrace Conscious Consumption [Greener Square]

Ever wanted to peel back the label and find out what values a brand believes in during the creation of their products? Ever desired a platform that curates and researchers products with respect to what you value most? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you’re like me; and guess what, I have good news.

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Creative ways to Repurpose Furniture [Infographic]

Nobody likes getting rid of beloved pieces of furniture, but sometimes they just don’t work for the house anymore! Repurpose your old pieces to keep them and give them a new function in your home. Look over this Bay Area consignment infographic to get ideas.

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Upcycling 101: Thrift Shopping

Rare finds like vintage armoires and antique dressers are among the best pieces of furniture to repurpose, collect, or display in your home. But even ordinary used furniture and housewares can be transformed into unique and functional pieces! Collecting and repurposing furniture and household items is all the rage right now. Images of refurbished and made-over salvaged pieces can be seen splattered all over Pinterest and Facebook. This trend is known as “upcycling.” Continue reading “Upcycling 101: Thrift Shopping”