Want to make your home more eco-friendly? Here are a few simple ways that you can help reduce your carbon footprint and transform your place into a healthier, happier environment.
First, look at your décor. Do you have any plants in your home? The simplest way to be more green is to add more green throughout your home. Hardy houseplants like snake plants, pothos, philodendron or a spider plant are prefect for individuals who aren’t known for their green thumbs.
Next up is your paint choice. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air and is considered one of the top five hazards to human health – with paints and finishes among the leading culprits. So consider swapping out your typical paint for organic paints like Ecos or Bioshield. Organic paints help lessen the negative effect that paint odors and finishes have on your health and overall environment.
When it comes to cleaning, swap out your usual household cleaners for ones that are more natural. Look for plant-based products from companies that feature a complete list of ingredients on their labels. Another way to keep your home free of germs is to leave your shoes at the door. This will keep dirt and other bacteria from being tracked throughout the house, and will help you maintain a clean, green household.
Finally, be smart with your electronics. Try to keep lights off when you’re not in the room, put your computer on “sleep” mode if you’re going to be away for more than 20 minutes and opt for using energy efficient light bulbs. Also, don’t be afraid to use your dishwasher. Doing a full load is far more efficient than washing the same number of dishes by hand.
We all want to do our part to support the environment. Even if it is as simple as adding a few more plants to your home or keeping your electronic-use to a minimum, every little bit helps.