Reduce the VOCs
Chemical substances that are present in many everyday household products including cleaning products, glues, paints and disinfectants are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are one of the reasons why indoor environments become unhealthy.
If you are considering painting your home, search for brands labelled “solvent-free”, “zero VOC” or zero toxins. Do your painting during summer, where possible, when ventilating your house is not a problem.
Create it green
Here are some structural things you can perform during a renovation or redecoration project that would deliver long-term benefits for you and your home.
- Natural items: keep away from using particleboards and chipboards that have toxic glues; instead pick brick, stone, solid timber and metal.
- Bamboo flooring: not like trees, bamboo will grow again after it is harvested, making it sustainable, durable and appear amazing as flooring.
- Recycled timber: lower your carbon footprint by using recycled timber on floors, benches or even walls. It offers warmth, character and lowers the number of trees that are being felled.
- Skylights: install skylights to add natural light to your property. They lower your electrical bills and turn the dark areas more friendly and useable.
- Passive design: design your redecoration to be solar-passive, this means angling the windows and eaves to capitalise on the winter sun and screen the severe summer sun. The result is that your house will be naturally warmer during winter and cooler during summer, minimising the necessity for air conditioning.
- Solar panels: think about putting in solar panels on your roof. Though the preliminary costs can be high, you will recoup the money in the years to come.
- LED lighting: wherever possible, put LED lights, because they will lower power consumption and last longer.
Furnish with natural materials
When purchasing new fittings or furniture, know what materials they’re made of and think about what impact they would have on your family’s well-being over time.
- Pick natural finishes and furnishings like linen, canvas, untreated cotton, hemp, silk, rayon, wool, down, feathers, linoleum and latex rubber.
- Stay away from synthetic carpets and underlay; choose wood or tiled flooring.
There are big differences in the energy usage of appliances, so look at the energy rating labels fixed to them and choose the most efficient models. The labels provide a comparison of the appliance’s energy and water usage with that of similar models, and will bring an impact on both the environment and your energy bills.
Have a quick look at our Energy Efficient Homes pictures on Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/APPinkerton/energy-efficient-homes/