Sunday, January 18, 2009

Green House

The Obamas announced that they have chosen an interior designer for their White House. I do hope Michael Smith will consider using some eco-friendly elements.

Some easy green substitutes for quick makeovers for the White House or your house...

Yolo paint is an environmentally responsible paint with some great natural colors.

Switching out your shower head with a low-flow fixture can save up to 4.5 gallons per minute. A low flow shower head should say 2.5 gallons per minute, whereas some old shower fixtures use as much as 7 gpm. This is easy to do and does not require a plumber.

Switch out your light bulbs for energy saving bulbs (compact fluorescent and LED). I did this and noticed an immediate drop in my electric bill!

Reupholster or refinish existing furniture. A fun DIY project, or you can hire someone to do it. Peel Away is a non-toxic paint stripper.

Of course, simple actions like turning off lights in rooms you're not in, recycling, not using disposable plates/silverware/cups/napkins, and buying eco-friendly household products make a difference every day. And, it's more green to keep what you have instead of buying something new simply because you're ready for a new look. Or, try swapping accessories with friends. You'll both get a new look, and your stuff will get a new life.

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