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If you have the money to install a home theater in one of your, probably many, rooms, then you certainly have the money to make it an environmentally friendly one. And, with the right shopping and planning ahead, buying reclaimed and recycled items might actually save you money in the long run. Although it isn’t the easiest project to face, it is certainly possible to enjoy movies in a terrific home theater while still taking the environment into consideration.
Obviously, the first and most important part of a home theater is the screen. There are numerous environmentally friendly alternatives for all sorts of screens, whether projection or flat screen monitor. An up and comer in the world of televisions are LED screens. This technology has already been utilized in a number of venues including traffic lights and homes. The technology consists of light-emitting diodes which produce a picture that is just as clear as or even clearer than LCD televisions. They are very slender at about 1 inch in depth. This makes them superb for mounting on the wall or for a other small spaces. Additionally, LED televisions use approximately 40% less energy than the typically LCD television. Numerous companies including Samsung, LG, and Sony possess these electricity saving alternatives.
If you prefer to purchase a projector for your home theater, there are several options in this area as well. LED technology has been utilized in the production of projectors, thus eliminating the need for toxic mercury lamps which also require replacement much more frequently. Many projectors also provide the ability to save energy through a “stand-by” mode which saves about 80% of electricity when in this mode. As is the case with flat screens, many companies including Samsung, Casio, and Sanyo offer this “green” projector option.
After you have chosen a screen option, the next step would be to choose comfortable yet “green” theater seating choices. If you have the time and the money and are perhaps looking to make your theater authentic, there are probably antique stores in your area or online which can provide you with retro seating from old movie theaters. The recycling of these older items will both add authentic décor to your room as well as prevent these beautiful old pieces from ending up in a landfill. If retro furniture is not your thing and you prefer a more modern look, you can look into comfortable “green” seating options that are composed of environmentally friendly materials such as sustainable or organic products. Additionally, ensure that your products have been produced using low emission manufacturing techniques and have been created using dyes which do not contain toxic
materials. Although it might seem a little obscure, there are certainly stores which sell environmentally friendly seating choices. You just need to do your research.
After you have purchased the necessities including your screen and your seating, the next step is to accessorize with items such as curtains, pillows, shelving for your movies, and perhaps a method for making your popcorn. Today, there are many options for eco-friendly curtains as well as pillows. Bamboo, a highly plentiful option for shelving, is also becoming increasingly popular. For your popcorn, a great option is an induction stove which uses less energy. As “green” products have become more popular, more and more stores are carrying the materials you will need to create a comfortable yet eco-friendly home theater.