Sustainability is the future of design. Creating an eco-friendly house that feels warm and inviting, however, can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few stylish ways to achieve a home that helps save the planet. From renewable energy to responsibly-sourced finishes, here’s how to create an eco-chic abode.
FSC Certified Wood
For your hardwood floors and wood finishes, look out for the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council) that ensures the responsible management of the world’s forests. If you want your home to be LEED certified, FSC is the only forest certification program recognized by the US Green Building Council.
Sustainably Produced Furniture
Fortunately, upcycled furniture no longer means bringing home that chair someone left on the corner. Noteworthy designers are embracing sustainability and creating fashionable household items using recycled materials.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
Geothermal systems allow you to heat and cool your home using clean, renewable energy that the Earth is naturally generating underground. In addition to significantly reducing your carbon footprint, you can expect to lower your energy bills by 30 to 40 percent.
Energy Efficient Windows
When it comes to showcasing a view, the bigger the window, the better. In the past, however, that’s been to the detriment of the environment, as windows aren’t typically efficient in retaining your home’s heat or air conditioning. These days, LEED certified windows have a strong insulating value that allows you to capture views through floor-to-ceiling windows without compromising the environment.
Water-Saving Sinks and Showers
Every time you brush your teeth, wash your hands or take a shower, you can feel good about saving the planet with eco-friendly water systems. Brands like Kohler and Duravit offer sustainable bathroom options that lower your water usage while offering an equally luxurious experience.
By embracing greener living, you’re not only reducing your home’s environmental impact, but making an investment that has major appeal to environmentally conscious buyers.