While spring cleaning the home, spring green it at the same time. It makes your home more comfortable, helps the environment, can improve the health of its inhabitants, and saves money long-term.
Check for leaking pipes and faucets and repair them. Ten drips a minute equals 14,400 daily. One drip per second wastes over 3,000 gallons of water in a year.
Recycle those old magazines by donating them to schools, giving them away to anyone who will take them, or through a community recycling program. Stop that accumulating, tree and water wasting junk mail by signing up on the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service.
Clean out old, unused, toxic chemical containing household products like cleaners, solvents, thinners, paints, antifreeze, detergents, disinfectants, pesticides, beauty products and cosmetics. Store needed ones safely away locked up in a garage or storage building. Exposure to them can cause asthma, allergies, eczema, dermatitis and cancer even in children. When bringing new products into the home, first read labels carefully and buy vegetable based, phosphate free, fragrance and dye free products which are biodegradable. Check the Environmental Protection Agency Safer Choice website and the Environmental Working Group for lists of chemicals to avoid and other advice about household products. See if your cleaning products are green.
Investigate changing to a green energy source like solar, wind, hydropower, wave action, or biomass gasses from landfills or organic waste. It may be time to invest in one energy alternative at least as a supplement to fossil fuel sourced energy. Read the Department of Energy website on buying clean electricity through green pricing, competitive electricity markets, or green certificates and view the Top Green Power Providers in the United States. See the list of the public utilities available by state to find the energy providers that exist in your region.
Replace filters on heating and cooling systems and air cleaners so they run more efficiently and do not pollute the indoor air with dirt particles.
Clean mattresses in the method in the article below to reduce allergans like dust mites.
Green up your cars by inflating the tires to the recommended pressure, using clean fuels that reduce toxic air pollutants, get the car tuned so it puts out fewer emissions that pollute the air. Read the Green Car Institute website for more information.
Read the article below “Time to upgrade home elements?” to see if it is more efficient and cost saving to upgrade existing systems and appliances from water heaters to windows.
Read the article “Fix sick house syndrome for better health” and take the suggested steps for healthier indoor air. A ventilation system may be needed.
Companies like Green Home Solutions® do free healthy home audits to identify and treat issues affecting air and general home health.