Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’ve all heard the 3 R’s in terms of helping the environment – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. As the environment becomes a growing concern, going “green” is something that many people are interested in when remodeling their home. Doing so can often save homeowners money in the long run, but it may cost them more upfront. However, anyone can apply the 3 Rs when designing their space in ways that are environmentally-friendly and can save you money.

  • Reduce – there are a few ways to use the rule of reduction when designing a space. You can start by reducing the number of items you bring into your home. Only purchase items that have a long lifespan, that you absolutely love and that you will enjoy and use. This ensures that you don’t spend money on things you don’t need, you do a small part in reducing the manufacture of items made from non-renewable resources and it keeps items out of landfills. You can also design a space that will allow you to reduce the energy you use. This can be done by taking advantage of natural resources – for example, arrange a room to get as much natural light as possible to reduce the number of hours you have to use electric lighting.
  • Reuse – before buying something new ask yourself if you can reuse something you already have. Do you love the shape and design of your cabinets but hate the color? A coat of paint and new hardware can make a huge difference, will save you thousands of dollars and is more “green” than buying new ones. You can also “reuse” something that belonged to someone else. Buying items at antique stores, flea markets, garage sales, etc. gets you something that is “new” to you but will be more friendly on the environment and on your budget.
  • Recycle – when looking to freshen up a room, look to items you already have and how you can use them in a new way.Maybe you have a set of sheets or a blouse that you can use to make curtains or a throw pillow!