Going Green all at once is too much to tackle for anyone. Try making just one new change or adding one new habit each week.
To get you started, here are 10 tips I have researched to help you that I think are important.
- By using cold water can save up to 80 percent of the energy required to do your laundry.
- Some commercial air fresheners use chemicals that can be harmful to your family’s health.
- Install a programmable thermostat that lets you automatically lower the temperature when non one is home or when the family is sleeping.
- Formaldehyde, an irritant and cancer-causing agent, is a common additive in interior -grade plywood and particle board. It can be present in drapery and upholstery materials. So, look for products with few or no warnings about use and exposure.
- The average American home contains two televisions, a VCR and/or DVD player and three phones. These home electronics can use more energy than you think. Look for Energy Star models that help reduce carbon emissions.
- Carpeting acts as a collector for toxins tracked into the home and these released from indoor sources. It also harbors dust mites and other allergens. Reduce this hazard with a weekly vacuuming schedule.
- Look for products free of added perfumes. Many scented products contain chemicals that can compromise indoor air quality and can irritate the skin and lungs.
- The options for green products are continually growing. They are safer and healthier for your homes, family, and the environment.
- Did you know that Lemons are the best versatile fruit? They have a wonderful fragrance, but can also act as a green replacement for cleaning chemicals. Look for Lemons as the main ingredient in your cleaning products.
- Consider the environment when disposing of old medicines. This will have an environmental impact on the way we deal with expired medications.