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Green Remodeling Projects: Part IV- The Bedroom
You spend almost a third of your life in the bedroom, so it makes sense that greening it up should be a priority. It’s where you live, breathe and sleep, and short of your workspace, the quality of your bedroom has the biggest impact on your life. In the fourth part of this series, we’ll take a look at some of the easiest and most efficient ways you can make your bedroom greener.

Lighting

 

Unless you’re blessed with the kind of work schedule that lets you wake up after it’s light and return home before dark in all seasons, chances are you use the lights pretty frequently. This is quite an easy chance to go green, as swapping out your lightbulbs for energy-efficient ones only costs a few dollars and takes seconds per bulb. If you’re super concerned about using too many lights, position mirrors to catch the light from windows, and brighten your room an extra level.

Speaking of Windows

One of the biggest energy-wasters is leaky windows. You don’t necessarily have to replace the windows, as that can be an expensive project to undertake, but you can use caulking on the edges to ensure a tight seal.

Bedding

 

This comes up time and time again as one of the top ways to greenify a bedroom, and for good reason: your face and body are pressed right up against it and it’s as physically close to anything as you’ll get. It’s also a great way to save on heating costs by turning the thermostat down in the winter and snuggling under a heavy duvet. Go for natural materials like transitional or organic cotton to ensure you’re sleeping on bedding that’s not chemical-heavy, and avoid petrochemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Getting an organic mattress is also an option, but that can be pretty expensive and sidestepped by either putting on a mattress protector or a bedbug protector (the latter encases the mattress entirely).

Plants

 

There are a variety of plants that noticeably freshen the air, like aloe vera, spider plant, gerberas, sansevieria, and chrysanthemums. Each one works a little differently, but one thing they all have in common is cleaning the air you breathe. However, their effect is negated if you don’t water and clean them regularly (a light dusting is fine), so make maintaining them a priority.

Electronics

 

Ideally, there shouldn’t be a TV or computer in the bedroom because it’s supposed to be a room only for rest and relaxation. But we know that’s less and less the case, and the bedroom is more of a living room with a bed in it than a Platonic bedroom. Whatever electronics you have in there, try and choose ones that are Energy Star certified to go green. Alternatively, you can just plug everything into a power bar and turn it off when you’re not using them.

In this part of the series, we took a look at how you can make your bedroom greener to contribute to an overall more eco-friendly home. Stay tuned for the next part of the series when we’ll take a look at how to improve the greenness of your home in other areas.
Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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