Since today is St. Patrick's Day, we thought it would be a great time to spell out some "green" practices for your home. Although you may be thinking about shamrocks and green-dyed beer, we actually mean environmentally friendly tips. While you're celebrating the festive occasion, be sure to keep in mind these suggestions.
- Bamboo floors: Everyone knows that traditional hardwood floors are chic and stylish, but they're not always kind to the environment. "Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it replenishes itself," reports Ann Archer of MSN Real Estate. "It takes just four to six years for bamboo to mature, compared to 50-100 years for typical hardwoods. Just be sure to look for sources that use formaldehyde-free glues."
- Recycling bins: If you're hosting a St. Patty's Day party in your home, be sure to make the recycling bin visible. Instead of throwing empty beer bottles in the trash, place this waste in the appropriate bins. This tip is applicable all year round!
- Window fashions: Sure, custom curtains and drapes are stylish, but they can also save a lot of energy (and money)! These fixtures help cut heating costs in the winter (and we all know how cold this winter has been), while also reducing cooling prices in the summer. If you're looking for energy-efficient window coverings be sure to stop by our store.
For more home tips be sure to follow our blog or book a complimentary at-home appointment with Metropolitan Window Fashions. Our home design consultants can make your home chic and eco-friendly!