# TIP 21: ECO-FRIENDLY INTERIOR DESIGN
Interior design is not just an aesthetic and functional art – it also is hinged on environmental sustainability.
Great interior design can be made even greater where the environment is concerned. Green decor is not just a mantra anymore; in some countries it is actually a legal requirement. Done right it not only contributes to saving the environment, it can also save you money in the process.
Water, electricity, fuel, paper – just about most if not all materials used in the course of interior design are in short and dwindling supply. Believe it -it’s true. The more aware we are of these shortages and how best to quantify and qualify their responsible use, the better off we will leave this planet for our children and their children.
Green decor is here….
- Switch all (or at least a few) your light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs. About 20% of energy used at the home comes from light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) require 75 % less energy than incandescent light bulbs
- Make a point of fixing all your leaky faucets today! Repair leaks as soon as they are discovered. A seemingly small leak can waste 70 – 100 gallons of water per day
- Isolate your fridge, for its own good. If your fridge is beside a vent, stove or dishwasher (which give off a lot of heat) it will have to work hard and use more energy to keep its cool. If possible, keep the fridge isolated and reap the financial rewards
- Buy biodegradable pots for your home and garden using materials like clay, bamboo, coconut, rice or wheat fiber, rather than plastic. This will go towards eliminating another step in the recycling process
We’ve included thousands of these tips and more in our FREE Mobile application Greencow available on Google Playstore.
By tapping the ‘Eco-tips’ tab, you are taken to the screen above that gives you access to various eco friendly tips that can be practically used during your projects. Further, the tips come with interactive videos and links to key resource websites.
Help play your part in preserving this beautiful Earth – it’s all we have.
My next blog will be on the Colour tips tab.
Till next time !