We here at the Buy Owner Blog have presented you with many ideas for Green Living in your kitchen, your bedroom and your bathroom. How about the laundry room? When it comes to eco-friendly living, it is possible to add green features to literally any room in your home!
- Start with the obvious: your washer and dryer. Most department stores and appliance stores carry energy-saving washers and dryers. Try to look for appliances that are Energy Star rated and contain the baby blue label on the packaging or on the price tag. For another visual comparison, peak inside one of the washing machines. You’ll see that energy-efficient washing machines don’t contain the “alligator” column (which spins and twists your clothes) found in the center of most conventional washers.
- In many cases, green flooring is both recycled and recyclable. From carpeting to tile to wood flooring, you have plenty of options from which to choose. Many homeowners prefer tile in the laundry room in case of spills. If your laundry room boasts a lot of windows, solar tile flooring is a good option that will reduce the cost of heating. Sustainable wood flooring (Bamboo is highly popular) is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, so you may track your floor from forest to factory to home.
- Thinking about adding counter space? Consider a concrete countertop made from a combination of eco-friendly materials. Some of these green mixtures contain byproducts of industrial waste (like fly ash and slag cement) that are sustainable and reusable. Concrete countertops may even dip down into a sink, which would be great for delicate, hand-only washables.
- How about using less electricity altogether? If you install a built-in hanging rack or purchase a moveable one, you’ll be able to hang your clothes to dry. You will not need to use the dryer, and you will not have to iron your clothing.
Subtle changes in the laundry room could save you thousands of dollars. They’re good for the environment, too.