Making your home healthier and greener may sound like a bit of a challenge. The key is to take the first step, and make a habit out of thinking green. If you want to start small, here are some things to try. The following are 8 ways to make your home greener and healthier….
Using different types of lighting in your home can help you to save energy. Certain kinds of light bulbs use about 75% less electricity and are safer to operate because they don’t get as hot as regular bulbs. Using a dimmer switch can also help you to reduce the amount of energy that you are using to light your home. A dimmer allows you to choose how much light you want in the room–the lower you go the less energy you use. When you have a choice, you should always go with appliances that are energy efficient. Whether you are looking for a new refrigerator, or even a new toaster, look for that ENERGY STAR logo. Using less energy doesn’t just help your electricity bill, it means you are polluting less as well.
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Minimize the amount of water that you use. Try to reduce your shower time as much as possible; turn the sink off when you’re not using it; the basics. You can also go the extra mile and purchase more efficient fixtures. When you’re perusing the water fixture aisle, look for EPA WaterSense labeled products. On the health side of things, you may want to check up on your water. Consider calling your local municipality building for water tests. If you want to be extra safe, you can always buy a water filter to help keep your water clean.
3. Cleaning Products
One big step you can take to make you home greener and healthier is to start using healthier cleaning products. Cleaning products can be harmful to you and the planet as well. Try to find eco friendly alternatives to all of the products that you use. It’s also an option to make your own cleaning products. For example, you can use baking soda and a little water to make a paste for getting rid of bathtub rings, or removing marks from you walls. Making your own cleaning products will help you to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in your home, as well as save some money.
If your home is poorly insulated, you are wasting a lot of energy. Think of it as a glass with a hole in the bottom. When you put water into the glass, you are losing water as you are adding it. It’s the same with heating your home. If you have poor insulation, you are using more energy to heat your home than you need to. When you fill the hole in the glass you use less water, and when you better insulate your home, you won’t have to constantly heat your home; which will save you money and reduce the amount of pollution.
There is much more to recycling than you might think. It isn’t just separating plastic, paper, and glass. If you really want to get into recycling, start buying things made of recycled material. Some water bottles, cookie boxes, or even paper are made from recycled materials. If you would like to go a step further, you can reuse Ziploc bags, stop using disposable razors, and find places to donate unwanted items. There are people out there that might need things you are thinking about throwing away.
Getting rid of mold, and preventing mold growth, will help your home to be healthier. It’s fairly easy to prevent mold. Really all you need to do is keep your home dry. Places like under your kitchen sink, your bathroom, and you basement are where mold grows the most. If you have a humid basement, you should get a dehumidifier to help prevent mold growth. When it comes to your bathroom, one of the main things for you to do is use the fan after you take a shower. The fan helps to remove moisture from the room–and mold loves moisture. If you don’t have a fan, consider opening a window. If you already have mold, you should avoid using mold killers or preventers with bleach or other harmful chemicals in them. Try making a homemade cleaner with white vinegar.
Having plants indoors is a fantastic idea. There have been studies that show plants don’t just put oxygen into the air, certain plants can actually rid the air of harmful pollutants. If you’re looking to add a few plants to improve the air quality of your home try English Ivy, the Spider plant, or even Gerbera daisies.
8. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas. It’s a very scary thing considering that it could kill you before you even know you have a problem. That’s why it is so important to have a carbon monoxide detector. There are many options available for you; they even make combination carbon monoxide and fire alarms. Using these items is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Written by Casey Lynch. Casey writes about home, health, cheap home insurance, and related home topics for HomeInsurance.org.