Changing a home by adding new paint does not necessarily mean it is a necessity to damage the environment. By following a few simple guidelines and keeping in mind the eco-friendly goals that come with making style changes to a home, it is possible to lessen a carbon footprint and avoid harm to the environment. Painting can become an environmentally friendly venture.
Opt for Low VOC Paints
The first way to help eliminate harm to the environment is the paint selection. Ideally, paint should have low levels of volatile organic chemicals, or VOC. The best paints for the environment are natural paints because they either have very low levels of VOC or they do not have any VOC. The downside of natural paint is the fact that it is less consistent in coverage between colors and pigments, so it is necessary to test the paint with a sample to ensure it comes out the right color and thickness for the project.
For a slightly less expensive option, consider a low VOC latex paint. It is less pricy than natural paints, but still has low levels of this harmful compound.
Take Extra Paint to Disposal Locations
Many cities and towns have locations designated for the disposal of harmful or potentially hazardous materials. By dropping the extra paint, paint thinner or other chemicals used in the painting project at this location, it is properly disposed of according to safety guidelines by professionals. It is never appropriate to pour excess paint or paint thinners down the drain because it is hazardous to personal health as well as the health of others when the chemical goes into processing plants.
The disposal sites are designed around the need to eliminate hazardous materials safely. If it is not possible to use or save all of the paint, consider giving it to the appropriate disposal site.
Use Light Colors
Light colored paints will naturally help reduce the cost of cooling during the hot summer months, which is ultimately friendly to the environment. The reason the light colored paints are ideal is because the darker shades attract sunlight and hold the heat for longer periods of time. The lighter paint colors will reflect sunlight and do not hold heat as long, making it ideal to help maintain a comfortable temperature in the home during the hot summer months.
The result of using lighter paint colors is a lower electric bill, which means cutting back on a carbon footprint. Light colors can also help brighten a room during the day and evening hours, making it doubly useful in cutting electricity usage as fewer lights are necessary to make the room warm, comfortable and bright. The light color helps maintain a brighter appearance and makes light more effective than dark colors that can swallow up the light.
Economically friendly painting is about using the appropriate paint, disposing of extra according to safety regulations and picking out colors that can help cut electricity usage. The end result is a safe, healthy environment that also protects the planet.
Michael West is an Exterior Design Expert for a home remodelling business in Brisbane, Australia. Heâ€™s an expert in selecting the right exterior paint to give your home a look that stands out from the crowd and focuses heavily on environmentally friendly practices within the industry.