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“Green” renovation much easier than homeowners might think

Some people looking to renovate their homes are leery of words like “green,” “salvaged,” and “recycled” because they wonder if the material can be as high of quality as those that have been manufactured. Cathy Hobbs, a LEED AP-certified interior designer, wanted to assure homeowners that yes, the workmanship is just as good. And a well-furnished and designed home can easily incorporate green aspects without anyone being able to tell the difference.

Buy natural goods

One way to go green, Hobbs suggested, is by “buying products such as upholstery, textiles, and rugs made of natural fibers that have not been treated with chemicals.” Often these will be in nude or natural colors, but if you’re a fan of color, see if you can find a place on the label where it says whether plant or mineral-based dyes have been used. Choose local manufacturers Another way to go green without necessarily changing your purchasing decisions is just by choosing local makers or getting lumber from local harvesters. Doing so means less carbon emissions have been used to transport those items to your home and you can feel good that you have supported local industry. Patronize sustainable companies There are also many manufacturers who have chosen more sustainable means of creating their goods. Do some research into the brands you’re considering buying from and try to support those who have proven themselves environmentally-friendly. Hobbs said, “There are several nationally respected certifying entities that certify green products. Among them, Green guard Certification . . . and Green Seal.” These companies do the research for you and only certify manufacturers who consent to create green products and have periodic factory visits.

Make simple changes There are even simpler ways to go green, however. Some things we already know but neglect to do—like turning off lights when you leave a room or unplugging unused or only periodically used appliances. You can conserve water by switching to low flow plumbing fixtures and installing LED light bulbs.

These small things don’t seem very meaningful when looked at individually, but even one person or one family trying to be green adds up over time. Don’t ever dismiss environmental friendliness thinking it’s too hard or costly. It can be as simple as a single light bulb.

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