A Look At Environmentally Friendly Building Options

From switching from standard halogen bulbs to an LED lighting system to changing out your regular toilet for a dual flush toilet with a sink, there are many ways, both big and small alike, that you can improve the overall environmental friendliness of your home. These changes are important just because the environment is important. They help to cut down on your overall energy use, as well as waste products that are generated (such as in the case of wasted water). But implemented many of these things, such as switching to an LED lighting system, can also save the average home owner a good deal of money in saved energy and water costs, and cannot be underestimated or discounted as a solid financial and money saving strategy.

First of all, more and more people are switching to low flow or dual flush with sink toilets all throughout the United States. Where the average toilet will use as much as thirty percent of the total water used in one day in a home (and the average person in the United States will use nearly ninety gallons of water every single day), a low flow toilet tank only flushes one point three gallons of water with each use, a remarkably lesser amount of water than would be seen while using a more traditionally styled toilet. Just by switching your water appliances to ones that are environmentally friendly, such as dual flush products, the average household will be able to save nearly four hundred dollars every single year, paying just around six hundred dollars for water costs each year instead of one thousand dollars when all is said and done – a truly astronomical difference. And just by replacing your toilets with dual flush toilets and technology, you would be able to save as much as thirteen total gallons of water in just one year – which amounts to around one hundred and thirty dollars in savings, a win win situation, as it is good for the environment as well as good for your wallet.

Aside from dual flush toilets and the switch to an LED lighting system, switching out your floors for environmentally friendly flooring options is also a good idea. This is because traditional flooring and the pain and sealants used on it can contain volatile organic compounds, which can contribute to the level of pollutants in your home, which, though most people don’t realize it, can be five times as high as the level of pollutants in any outdoor spaces that you might find yourself in. As the typical American resident will spend as much as ninety percent of his or her time in an indoor setting, choosing low VOC sealants and adhesives is more critical than one might initially think.

Switching all of your lights to an LED lighting system is also a good idea, as switching to an LED lighting system can be a very small and seemingly insignificant change to make – but one that can have a considerably large impact. In fact, the typical LED lighting system will long outlast a lighting system that utilizes halogen bulbs. This is because the typical LED lighting system is far more environmentally friendly than other such lighting systems like the lighting system with halogen bulbs that has been mentioned previously. Because of this reduced energy use, the bulbs last for longer – and LED bulbs are even far brighter than other types of light bulbs, like halogen bulbs.

From the LED lighting system to the choice of using green building products or even switching out for a low flow toilet, there are many ways to make your home more environmentally friendly. There are many reasons that you should pursue a more green home – and a more green existence as a result of renovating your home in this manner. For one, it’s helpful to the environment, a hugely important concern of many people in the United States as well as in the world as a whole. On top of this, it’s beneficial to your health, as less potentially toxic chemicals are likely to pervade your living space. Finally, it’s cost effective. You’ll save a good deal of money switching over.

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