For many, choosing sustainable materials to incorporate into their interior design is a seamless way to care for the environment without sacrificing quality or taste. However, it can be incredibly challenging to know where to start or determine what the best sustainable materials are to use in the first place.
In this article, we’re reviewing a few of our best tips for incorporating sustainable materials into your interior design – so you can create a beautiful, breathtaking space and be kind to mother earth at the same time.
First, let’s start by understanding exactly what “sustainable materials” are in your home.
Sustainable materials are materials that are produced, used, and disposed of in a manner that minimizes negative impacts on the environment and human health. This might look like a table made out of reclaimed wood, or an energy system that is highly efficient.
In a nutshell – these are materials that are good for the environment (vs. just another plywood coffee table that’s bound to fall apart and needs to be thrown away within the first few years).
Choose Energy-Efficient Lighting
Opt for LED bulbs, as they are the most energy-efficient option and have a longer lifespan than incandescent and CFL bulbs. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulbs that meet high efficiency and quality standards. Additionally, choose lighting fixtures with built-in LEDs to eliminate the need for separate bulbs and ensure optimal energy efficiency. Save energy and prolong bulb life by using dimmer switches to adjust brightness, but make sure your LED bulbs are compatible with dimmers. Lastly, install motion sensors or timers to automatically turn off lights when they are not needed, reducing energy consumption.
Pay Attention To Plumbing
Look for WaterSense-labeled fixtures, certified by the EPA for water efficiency, such as faucets, showerheads, and toilets that meet strict water-saving and performance criteria. Opt for low-flow faucets and showerheads, which provide adequate water pressure while using less water compared to traditional fixtures. Typically, low-flow faucets use 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) or less, and low-flow showerheads use 2.0 GPM or less. Install dual-flush toilets that offer two flushing options: one for liquid waste, using less water, and another for solid waste, using more water. This enables you to conserve water by using only the necessary amount for each flush.
Opt-For Energy-Efficient Appliances
Look for ENERGY STAR-certified appliances, which meet rigorous energy-saving and performance standards. These appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers. Additionally, pay attention to the energy-efficiency rating or energy guide provided on most appliances, indicating their estimated annual energy consumption and operating cost. Opt for appliances with higher efficiency ratings to save both energy and money. Furthermore, choose appliances with eco-friendly features such as energy-saving modes, delayed start options, or sensors that optimize energy and water usage based on load size. These features contribute to reducing your overall resource consumption.
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