Green living is more than just a trend that ecologists have adopted, but a conscientious manner to live in harmony with our environment. Raised public awareness on global warming and climate changes have introduced to our lives new approaches to our eating and recycling habits, as well as over other aspects that constitute an important part of our daily living, such as our home design and interior decoration. To achieve your goals, consider some of the following do it yourself (DIY) ideas that practically are free and easy to carry out at home.
The Same Old Principle; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Some of the best eco-friendly ideas are free and come from the advice that we constantly hear, but not all of us take; reduce, reuse and recycle. Reducing will help you to open spaces that you can use to design an idea, and then reusing and recycling will do the rest at no cost other than the time you invest to develop that design. As an example, you can reuse old clothing to design an outdoor wedding-like tent to enjoy summer under its shadow, or recycle small jars and ceramic broken pieces to design a decorative interior pot garden.
Take Advantage of Others’ Recycling Materials
There are many eco-friendly design ideas that you can do yourself without the need to invest a single nickel, but just finding the materials to put into practice your project. Sometimes you may not have at home materials to recycle, but you can ask your neighbor or find this material even down the streets or in the bench of a park. Newspaper and paper sheets are material that people discard and that you can use to insulate your walls and yet decor them by transforming news print into paper Mache by adding water and some flour that you have probably already at home to make an homogeneous pulp, that can also be turned into sculptures.
Improving your Roofing
You probably have heard of green roofing and the way they do not only contribute with the environment, but also to keeping a home cool in winter and warm during the winter months. This is often flagged as a costly implementation that pays off over time by cutting down your electricity bill and reducing other costs associated to maintenance and repair. However, you can do it yourself without investing anything, at least not initially. Just move your garden up to the roof, basically pots and containers, and you will have a basic green roof. Be aware that this is easier with flat roofs than pitched ones, and that your roof needs to have a proper drainage. Do not try to cover it with grass without a protective membrane or you will end up paying a fortune for repairing what humidity will cause.
Two Other Free Eco-Friendly Ideas
If you are short of money but still want to do some designs yourself, invite environmentalist groups that may contribute in the task at no cost, or browse some magazines on this topic either online or at your convenience store to find many other ideas or get inspired to develop your own. Shift to green living and give you home a new appearance, while contributing to ecology.
Author Bio: Stevie Clapton is a writer for RentersInsurance.net where you can find some of his work based on home finances.
The sixth season of the popular show, Blog Cabin, was premiered on August 13, 2012. For those who are unaware, it is a great show that emphasizes on renovation. Their punchline ‘You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!’ explains their primary motive. Design a building, farmhouse, home or similar architectural creations and the show will help in building it for you.
If you are considering the purchase of high quality and reasonably priced carpet cleaning machines, you may be astonished at the large amount of information that you can obtain just by reading several reviews that are located all over the internet. However, they do not always contain all the information required to make a well-informed purchase. Besides investigating information contained in reviews, the following information can also be informative on specific parts and their actions of particular piece of equipment.
- Cleaning wands – There are a number of different wands and sizes that are used for efficient surface agitation which helps to ensure carpets will be cleaned thoroughly. Then, there are also special wands that are made specifically to clean upholstery items. Their design is much more narrow tan the regular wands. This is so they can be effective at reaching in those hard to reach areas, such as the small crevices.
Natural disasters, like floods, can never be predicted. And when they come, they ruin all your property area, causing problems, like water damage. They can cause hefty damage that could lead to a severe hole in your budgeted pocket. One such case is of floods. When they come, they lead to flooded basements, breakdown of water pipelines, water pump breakage and dirty all your walls and floor. And it is highly advisable to get them cleaned as soon as possible to avoid long term problems, like mold or mildew.
However, when a natural disaster, like food, occurs, you need not worry. There are various specialized companies that offer emergency cleaning and repair services in case of flooded basements. With highly experienced IICRC technicians on work and hi-tech equipments to perform cleaning services, they know exactly how to clean up the basement and help it to return back to normal like before. Ignoring water logging for long can lead to moisture formation that further can lead to unavoidable problems. These specialized companies offer the best defense services against such problems.
Decorating your child’s bathroom can be tricky. You need it to be practical and durable as well as fun and inviting. Most importantly, you need it to be changeable and capable of growing with your child without costing too much money. For this reason, try to stick with some of the basic colors for items that you might not want to replace in a few years, such as the walls and curtains, and keep your theme to decor accents Instead of having dolphin wallpaper, paint the walls blue and add a dolphin border or shower curtain. This will also keep you from going overboard with the theme.
Once you have decided on a theme, go through your attics, basement, or check out a few garage sales for possible accessories that you can use. Party supply stores are another great source for inexpensive items that you can use to accent the theme.
Are you wondering what to do with your old furniture? Provided your old furniture is merely old, as opposed to new, and provided your old furniture is in good condition, you shouldn’t wonder. With the many consignment stores that are in business and looking to purchase and sell used furniture just like yours, you should have no problem finding a new home for your used furniture.
Selling used furniture on consignment is a thriving business these days, and recycling used furniture seems to be a win-win situation for just about everyone, How consignment works is the consignment store that sells your used furniture gives you a percentage of the selling price once the furniture is sold. That can leave you, the consigner, with a large percentage of the sales price.
Small bathrooms can be cozy, but many of us would still love to have a luxurious and spacious bathroom to relax in. Bathrooms are quite often one of the smallest rooms in the house and yet one of the most important. However, owning a small bathroom needn’t be a problem ifyou know how to open it up and make the best use of the space. Choosing the right decor can dramatically transform the entire room by turning it into an inviting and spacious looking haven.
One of the biggest problems with many bathrooms, regardless of their size, is the organisation of the room. Cabinets and vanity units, too much clutter, dark colours and limited light can all contribute to owning a gloomy and uninviting retreat. A few simple steps and some decoration can work wonders, or you could completely revamp the entire area and plan everything more effectively.