We recycle, conserve water, maybe even have a compost pile in our yard. But we can all do more. Consider these simple tips to make every room in your home “greener” today.
- Invest in a power strip and plug the entertainment center electronics—from your cable box to your television and stereo—into it. This will make it easy to pull the plug on everything when not in use, and will save more energy than merely turning them off.
- Planning to refresh your interior paint? Choose a low–VOC or no–VOC formula to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds polluting the air in your home.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs). You’ll use 75 percent less energy and have to replace bulbs 10 times less frequently.
- Ready for a new mattress? Choose a model that is PBDE free. Studies have found polybrominated diphenyl ethers accumulate in our bodies and can be linked to a variety of health problems.
- Ditch your old cleaning sprays and switch to aromatherapeutic and biodegradable wipes like those at http://www.mrsmeyers.com. While you’re at it, upgrade your dish soap, glass and tile cleaner as well.
- Concentrate on your laundry–detergent, that is. Concentrated formulas require less packaging and are lighter to ship, which is easier on the environment. You can find 4x and 8x concentrated formulas at methodhome.com.
- Replace your old showerheads with water–saving models. You’ll find affordable options at your local home improvement store that can cut water use by 50 to 70 percent.
- Throw out your PVC shower curtain. Many give off dangerous gasses that you may be inhaling every time you take a hot shower. Cotton or canvas varieties are safer and greener.