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Key tips for going green in an old house
By Payless Decor
2/13/2013 9:10:00 AM

When you move into an older house, it can be challenging to exercise eco-friendly principles, especially if the structure was built at a time when individuals weren't concerned about preservation. However, this doesn't mean that you don't have an opportunity to create a green home that helps you reduce your carbon footprint. With the right discount window treatments, wall paint and furnishings, you can rest assured you're doing your part to help the planet, regardless of where you live. Here are some key tips on how to revamp certain areas of your old home and make them as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Choose green window treatments
These days, it's easy to find items composed of recycled materials to use around the house. When it comes to your windows, consider investing in bamboo window blinds to gain peace of mind, knowing you're using items that didn't damage to the environment. Furthermore, bamboo can provide just as much control over natural light and satisfaction on your windows as other varieties.

Paint your walls with low-VOC paint
Better Homes and Gardens magazine states that one way to make sure you're remodeling your old home in an eco-friendly manner is to utilize low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint. This option creates less emissions that can do harm to the environment. There are also low-odor types you can use to reduce the chances of inhaling toxic fumes during the painting process. These days, low-VOC paint comes in a wide variety of colors as well, meaning you won't be hindered by this option.

Select environmentally friendly flooring
Similar to low-VOC paint, there are low-VOC flooring options available to you as well. If you're going to be changing your floors, National Geographic recommends considering carpeting, which can be extremely eco-friendly. Many manufacturers now offer varieties composed of recyclable materials, which can help you reduce your carbon footprint as you remodel your old home.

Not into the idea of having carpeting under your feet? Wood flooring can be just as green as long as you choose the right materials. For instance, there are bamboo options available to you if you want to use this wood in other ways throughout your home. Some companies also have flooring made of recycled materials that can serve the same purpose. In the end, you won't have any trouble honing in on a beautiful option for your home.

Reuse furniture
When it comes to bringing in new furniture, you don't have to go to a high-end shop to find pieces that you'll love. Sometimes, the best items are at thrift shops and secondhand stores, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Everything from bed frames to lamp shades can be found at these locations at a fraction of the price. In addition, beautiful furniture can also be found from friends and family who no longer need it. When you feel that these items are beginning to wear out their welcome, give them a fresh coat of paint. New colors can do wonders for old furniture.

Invest in long-lasting furnishings
Another way to ensure you're not using more than necessary and living green is to invest in furniture that will last you for years to come. This will limit the need to purchase more items in the future, reducing your waste and helping you be more eco-friendly.

Whether you want to completely remodel your old home or you're looking to revamp just a few rooms, these tips can help you do so. In the end, you'll be happier that you looked at your options and made the extra effort to live a greener lifestyle.

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