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Being eco-friendly is much more than a trend – it has become a way of life for most people. We have learned to recycle, reuse, and reduce our use of countless products. Luckily, many retailers have found ways to go green themselves. Retailers including Amazon offer green electronic sections on their site and home stores like bed & bath store carry eco-friendly products that one can stock their house with for maximum efficiency. In the end, this lifestyle creates a better and more comfortable environment for all of us to live in.

Here's a step by step guide for how to incorporate this ideology into your day to day living:

Step 1: 1. Visualize Efficiency and Then Act

Modern designs are environmentally engineered to create highly efficient living spaces that are extremely comfortable.

    Take advantage of natural lighting where possible. You'd be surprised how effective natural lighting can be.

    Switch to in-floor and ceiling radiant heating and unique cooling systems.

    Start learning more about your family's water usage.

    Research solar power and home automation.

The goal is to create designs that work with the environment. In many cases the homes are engineered in a way to blend with natural elements.

    Spare trees you might normally cut down in order to create a shield from wind and shade.

    Place windows strategically to take advantage of sunlight and natural breezes.

    Use local, durable materials that are recycled or re-purposed goods.

    Purchase your materials from merchants that use environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, which is sometimes referred to as ‘green manufacturing’.

Step 2: 2. Think About Ways to Make Your Home Decor Green

Green decorating has become the chic and fashionable way to decorate a modern home. Homeowners are opting for eco-friendly products that offer style and comfort. This is a way to enhance the home’s interior while also being kind to the environment.

    Look for ways to save money with recycling. This concept can make something old seem new again. It has a tendency to greatly extend the life of an item and to change the overall décor of a space. For instance, a slipcover from a "green" retailer can give new life to a tired-looking sofa. A punch of color can be added to a room with a vibrant area rug.

    Look for fabrics made of natural materials so you don't have to worry about allergies or other sensitivities. Many carpet and fabric companies now offer vegetable dyed products.

    Bring the outdoors inside. That is, improve your home's air quality with living plants.

Step 3: 3. Turn Your Home Repairs Into Green Upgrades

There are literally countless ways to go green when making home repairs. And this is when you really get into the nitty gritty of going green.

    Install energy efficient heating and cooling systems and high efficiency windows.

    Install water saving shower heads and low flow toilets. These are both easy upgrades that could save you a lot of trouble.
    Make sure to look at the option of putting solar panels on your roof when your need roof replacing. Solar panels might be expensive, but in the long run they could pay for themselves in your electricity bills!

As new innovations are discovered living in an eco-friendly manner becomes increasingly easier. Whether you want to go big or go small, going green is the right choice. Hopefully, the steps laid out in this guide will get you started in the right direction.

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