Tips to Make your Home Environmentally Friendly

How does your home operate? Are you wasting resources and/or missing chances to save on your utilities and leave the Earth a healthier place than when you found it? Here are some tips to help you turn your home into an environmentally friendly place.

Billions of pounds of waste fill landfills each year. Barges carry smelly trash up and down the river waiting for a place to dump it. Pretty soon we will be overrun with it.

But, that’s not all. Certain chemicals can and have damaged the ozone layer. That’s the atmospheric layer that protects us from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Holes in the ozone have heated up several portions of the earth leading to the melting of the polar ice caps.

Taking care of the environment is everyone’s job and it begins at home with each individual person. All of us can make changes to the way that we run our homes in favor of the Earth.

Tips for how to Green your Home

Make your own cleaning products – Some chemicals used in cleaning products are harmful to your health. Mixing them can be dangerous.

Keep your cleaning safe and simple. Try using vinegar and baking soda to scrub floors and clean up soap scum in the bath. There are homemade cleaner recipes online that you can use.

Buy houseplants – There are several plant varieties that can help to keep the air clean in your home. And, real plants create less dust than artificial ones.

Buy energy efficient appliances
– If you have older model dishwashers and washing machines, they probably use a lot of extra water. Newer, more high-efficiency models use half as much water to do the same job and also less electricity.

Change air filters often
– Most filters have a 90 day life and collect different types of dirt and mites.

There are even reusable filters on the market that you can clean and reuse to cut down on waster.

Turn off lights – When you leave a room, turn off the lights and the television. Every little bit helps to reduce your energy bills.

Fix leaky faucets – You could be losing several gallons of water each month from a leaky shower head or sink faucet. Tend to them right away and reduce your bill.

Check the thermostat
– Constantly adjusting the thermostat increases the energy usage. In the winter, set your thermostat lower and use blankets or a fireplace to stay warmer.

In the summer raise your thermostat and use ceiling fans and light-blocking shades to keep the indoors cool.

Use environmentally safe products – Low fume paints can cut down on toxic the air pollution in your home when you use them.

These are just a few tips to help you make your home an asset to the environment. Learn more tips here about how to go green at home

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