Going Green in Your Bedroom: 4 Useful Tips

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Going Green in Your Bedroom: 4 Useful Tips

Staff Writer · Feb 24, 2010

Going green in your everyday life is more simple than you may think. Just think of how you can incorporate environmentally-friendly living into the places in your apartment you use the most. Read on for tips for making your bedroom an eco-friendly location:

1 – Weatherize Your Windows

A key focal point in any apartment bedroom are the windows, which let in sunlight but also let in heat or cold, depending on the temperature outside. Windows are responsible for combating the work your air conditioner, fans and furnace do to keep the temperature in the room comfortable, so cut back on pollution by cutting back on the electricity and gas you use.

In the summer, use light-colored shades to reduce the absorption of light. You can also put tinted removable window film directly onto the glass to remove some of the heat-causing glare. In the winter, swap the tinted film for clear insulation film, which you should put along the edges of the window panes. Use dark blinds to better absorb the heat offered by sunlight.

2 – Find Other Ways to Stay Warm or Cool

Once you’ve weatherized your windows, you’ll notice a big difference in temperature regulation, but to truly feel like you’re going green, you should cut back on electricity and gas use as much as possible. This means skipping the air conditioning or keeping the thermostat set high in the summer and keeping the furnace set low in the winter.

Instead, use electric fans, paper fans and light, breathable cotton sheets on your bed for hot summer nights. In winter, skip the space heater and cover yourself in layers of thick sheets in bed. Comforters filled with hypoallergenic materials such as wool are extremely effective at retaining your body heat.

3 – Shop Eco-Friendly and Vintage

When looking to decorate your bedroom and/or fill it with furniture, the easiest way to start going green is to shop from eco-friendly stores and websites, which take care to craft furnishings out of eco-friendly materials, often in ways that are beneficial to small-town farmers and craftspeople. However, one disadvantage of shopping through an eco-friendly company is that their offerings can often be pricey.

If you’re on a budget, you can still shop green by sticking to one of the principles of eco-living: recycle. That means head to rummage sales, online auctions and vintage shops to buy used furnishings for your bedroom. You may need to fix them up, but you’ll be doing your part to reduce waste.

4 – Buy Recycled and DIY

Many companies offer post-consumer and post-industrial recycled products that fit perfectly into a bedroom that’s going green. These include rugs made from industry scrap, furniture made from scrap wood and books printed on recycled paper. If you can’t buy it recycled, make it recycled. If you’re looking to decorate your room with vases, picture frames and knickknacks, make them yourself out of material you have sitting around the apartment.

When it comes to decorating, using and living in your bedroom, going green is a pretty simple process. Once you incorporate these eco-friendly practices into your bedroom, you’ll be one step closer to living a green life.

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