Homeowners are finding new ways to make their homes eco-friendly. In fact, more than 65% of buyers report wanting a home that’s environmentally conscious! From solar panels and living roofs to algae lamps and energy-storing batteries, companies are devising new ways for homeowners to be better stewards of their environment.
Changes don’t have to be big or expensive, either. For example, you’ll prevent 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions just by switching out one standard incandescent light bulb for a CFL bulb. Here are five other easy ways to make your luxury home more eco-friendly.
- Try Bamboo
In recent years, there’s been a huge surge in luxury bamboo products such as flooring, sheets and rugs. Why? Its durable, aesthetically pleasing and its fibers can be woven into super-soft material. It’s also widely touted as an eco-friendly option because bamboo grows extremely fast (up to several feet per day!) and does not require the use of pesticides. Harvesting bamboo for these products also means less deforestation of larger, slower growing species.
- Buy Eco-Friendly Paints
While some homeowners love the smell of a fresh coat of paint, most understand that house paint can contain high concentrations of volatile organic compounds or VOCs – unstable carbon compounds that react with other chemicals to form ozone. Organic, low VOC wall paints contain low (or zero) volatile organic compounds, making them a great choice for families concerned about air quality. So, the next time you decide to repaint a room, consider an eco-chic option like Behr’s Zero VOC Premium Plus.
- Try Fire Alternatives
If your luxury home has a wood-burning fire pit or fireplace, you don’t have to deal with toxic fumes anymore. New wood alternatives like recycled sawdust logs let you create that cozy winter feel in your home or backyard without the lung-clogging smoke. We’re especially fond of the coffee-based Java Log, which reduces the waste from coffee grounds by packing them into clean-burning fuel for your fire. Sadly, however, according to National Geographic, that delicious “Starbucks smell” won’t come with firing up your new logs.
- Use Homemade Cleaning Products
From the original Simple Green to fancy boutique organic cleaners, there’s no shortage of environmentally friendly options for cleaning your luxury home. Most are available in your local grocery or big-box retailer. Or, you could make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Good Housekeeping magazine offers up a few stellar, easy-to-make recipes for household cleaners. If you use a daily, weekly or monthly cleaning service, make sure they use green cleaning products in your home.
- Change Up Your Laundry Routine
Buying energy efficient appliances is just one way to reduce your energy consumption in the laundry room. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, almost 90% of the energy used in washing machines is for heating the water. Use energy-saving settings on both your washer and dryer, or opt to line dry your towels and delicates.
At Camelot, we’re committed to building exquisite luxury homes in the Phoenix metro area. It’s not just about beauty: We also recognize that today’s luxury homeowners want energy-efficient construction that can help make day-to-day living more comfortable. Find your new home online, or give us a call at 480-367-4300 today.