Sourced from the Toronto Star
Does the thought of sustainable living at home conjure images of clunky solar panels and backbreaking work? Don’t let it.
Recent innovations make it easier to live a green lifestyle without sacrificing style. Check out some of the new, beautiful and trendy ways you can create an environmentally friendly home.
Green walls: Also known as “living walls,” green walls are trending due to their numerous health benefits and interior functionality. Basically, these are walls covered with living greenery. Green walls filter harmful toxins from the air and produce oxygen. They help cool the air in the summer, keep it warm during the winter, aid with noise reduction and even help with fire-proofing.
Though a green wall does require more maintenance than a regular one, it isn’t much more trouble than looking after potted plants.
Green roof: Green roofs are similar to green walls but offer even more benefits. Have a professional install a protective layer and some low-lying greenery on a flat portion of your roof and reap the rewards. Green roofs come with all of the perks that green walls offer, and they act as a great insulator for your home. They can reduce cooling costs by up to 75 per cent.