Let’s be honest—taking on eco-friendly home improvement projects can sometimes seem a tad tricky. Where do you start? And how can you ensure that the products are 100% planet-approved? In a perfect world, there would be a store where green gurus walk you through every step of your project and offer sustainable products only. Oh, wait, this store does exist! It’s called TreeHouse—and it’s pretty magical. We’re thrilled to team up with TreeHouse to help simplify your path to a more sustainable home.
We asked a few of the TreeHouse gurus to share their top 5 tips for creating a greener home. Here’s what they said:
- Be green—literally. Putting plants in your bedroom can make improving the air quality a breeze. Want to take it up a notch? Try turning your plants into living art with a snazzy wall planter.
- Win with weatherization. On average, homes that are 10 years or older will have duct leakage of 27% or more.1 That means you’re likely paying to cool your attic. Sealing your ducts and insulating your home can cut your energy bills by up to 35%.
- Use eco-paints. Next time you want to try out a new color in your home, give eco-friendly paint a try. You’ll know that a paint product is healthier for you and the planet if it’s low-odor, free of toxic chemicals, and VOC-free.
- Shower smarter. The average family uses almost 40 gallons of water per day—just for showering. You can help bring an end to the water-wasting madness by replacing inefficient showerheads with ones that use no more than 2.0 gallons of water per minute (gpm).2 Conserve even more by turning off the water when you shampoo your hair or shave.
- Green your floors. Next time you’re considering getting new floors, look for products that use plant-based adhesives and are free of urea-formaldehyde. Sustainable options include cork, bamboo, engineered wood, or other natural materials. And just say no to carpet—unless it’s made from wool or recycled materials.
Ready to get things going on your next home improvement project? TreeHouse can help. Simply visit tree.house/projects to get started.
1 Stat pulled from TreeHouse website.
2 Information pulled from www.epa.gov/watersense/showerheads.