More Tips to Make your House Greener
We’re pleased to see that our last post on Tips to make your house greener was such a success! Seeing so many people – and so many of our clients – looking for ways to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly life is inspiring and gives us a lot of hope. We strongly believe that small changes can make a huge difference. There are so many possibilities to achieve living a greener life! If you haven’t checked our last post, you may want to give it a good read. Here are some more tips to make your house greener, part 2.
Say goodbye to chemical cleaning products
Eco-friendly cleaners and green cleaning tricks allow you to spruce up your house in a safe and non-toxic way. We’re not saying that your regular cleaners are not good; in fact, they do a great job! But most of them are made of so many toxic ingredients that they can be dangerous to both the environment, human beings, and pets. And here’s a top-secret: you could be saving a lot of money using things you may already have at home. Did you know that baking soda, white vinegar, and even lemon juice are super effective natural cleaners? You can use them for the bathrooms, the kitchen, windows, and even to get rid of stains on your clothes! Replacing your commercial cleaning agents with these natural and effective ingredients will save you some bucks and will make you feel good about yourself. Here are some tips on how to use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning.
Upgrade Your Insulation at home
Adding proper insulation, sealing cracks, and adding weather stripping to prevent leaky ducts, walls, windows, and doors can improve your home’s energy use and will save a few hundred bucks on your energy bill, especially during winter. We understand that totally redoing your insulation can be a significant investment. Still, you can always go for alternatives, such as thermal shades to block the sun in the summer and retain heat in the winter.
Switch your old-style toilets for eco-toilets
A few years ago, we all had to replace the old-style 6 gallons per flush toilets with the 1.6-gallon ones present today in almost every home in America. Still, today it’s possible to have even more eco-friendly solutions. Eco-friendly toilets are becoming a priority in many homes because they offer an easy and immediate way to save water. Using an eco-friendly toilet will reduce your water bill for long-term savings. More importantly, it will help conserve our natural resources.
Do some Smart Home upgrades
Installing dimming lights, daylight sensors, or programming A/C devices help save energy while setting the right light level to improve mood and ambiance. Daylight sensors save energy and automatically dim the lights when there is sufficient daylight coming into a room. As for A/C, you can turn it on before you go into a room, and once you’re in there, the temperature will be ready for you to enjoy, allowing you to turn it off earlier. Also, Smart Home devices will help you prevent leaving everything turned off if you forget to do so and are already far from home. If you are able to splurge a little, invest in a smart digital thermometer that allows you to adjust the temperature from your smartphone, even when you are not there.
Purify the air at home
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution can be up to five times higher than outdoor air pollution. Unbelievable, right? Consider getting an air purifier to control odors, chemical vapors, and pollutants in your home. You can also use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom when cooking and bathing. The range hood in your kitchen helps keep kitchen air clean by expelling pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide, generated by a gas stove, so don’t be afraid to turn it on once and then. Bathroom exhaust fans provide added comfort and reduce condensation that can lead to mold growth. Another way to improve your air quality and improve your decor is to add some plants. There are indoor plants that remove pollutants and improve your air quality.
Being eco-friendly is taking care of the “outside environment” and your own environment. There are many other eco-tips to implement at home, but don’t get overwhelmed! Start small, but be consistent. Remember: Small changes make a huge difference!