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How to give your home an eco-friendly makeover

Giving your home a new look? Here are a few things to incorporate in your interiors that will help create a green space.

1. Eco-friendly furniture

Choose environmentally friendly pieces that are durable or easily repaired. For wooden furniture, prioritise companies that are sourcing their timber from sustainably harvested forests and tree farms certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

2. Energy-efficient lighting

Replace your incandescent lights with low-energy ones, such as Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) lighting. Better still, purchase new fixtures that use Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs, which are long-lasting, energy-efficient and contain no mercury.

3. Low-VOC paint

Typical household paint contains a fair amount of known toxins, with some of the most dangerous ones being Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC. Not only are these substances bad for your health, some of them have been linked to cancer. Repainting your walls with low-VOC paint, especially if you have children, is an inexpensive way to help ensure your family’s health.

4. Low-cost cooling

Instead of relying on the air-conditioner to keep your living room cool, consider energy-saving alternatives such as ceiling or standing fans. Heat-control blinds and blackout curtains also help reduce heat gain and lower your energy bills.

5. Houseplants and terrariums

Plants are not only beautiful, they help to improve your indoor air quality. If you are hard-pressed for space, why not opt for a terrarium with fuss-free air plants?

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