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Three tips for creating a more eco-friendly home
By Payless Decor
10/12/2012 12:58:00 PM

If you're interested in reducing your carbon footprint, you're likely constantly looking for ways to make green improvements around your home. Did you know that your decor can play a large role in how energy-efficient and green your household is?

While recycling and conserving electricity doesn't hurt, you can complement your efforts by being eco-conscious as you shop for discount window treatments, furniture and accent pieces. Here are some tips on how to be a little green around your home.

1. Choose sustainable window treatments.
If you still have the same drapes up that you hung when you first bought your house, there's no better time to make a change than now. One option you might want to consider to create a more sustainable household is bamboo window blinds. Bamboo has become a sought-after material when it comes to green design for a number of reasons. As the New York Times reports, bamboo regrows after being harvested and it can easily regrow in reclaimed lands that aren't suitable for other types of wood.

2. Save items that can be reused as decorations.
Before you throw out an old mason jar or a planter pot, think about ways it can be reused around your home. With a little bit of paint, you can transform an old pot into a work of art that wows your guests. Mason jars can be used for fresh flowers in various areas throughout your home. It's this type of innovation that reduces your carbon footprint over time, according to The Huffington Post.

3. Choose functional, multipurpose furniture.
If you have less furniture to buy, you're ultimately playing a part in helping to save the environment by avoiding wastefulness. Look for furniture that has more than one purpose so you don't have to buy multiple pieces to make your living spaces functional. For instance, a futon can double as a couch and a bed in a family room. It's these type of items that can make a difference when it comes to going green.

Whether you've always been eco-conscious or you want to start doing your part to save the planet, there are many ways you can do so through your interior design. By taking these three tips into consideration, you can turn your home into a place you're proud to show off.

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