Posted on January 13th, 2017
Did you know going green at home can be done by making simple changes?
Going green at home can save energy, money, and our planet. Clear The Air would like to share these tips to help you make your home a little more green.
- Take your shoes off before you enter the house. This can keep all the dirt and chemicals that add up on the bottom of your shoes out of the house.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs to save energy in the home.
- Don’t throw out electronics with the garbage. Recycle them!
- Shop local farmer’s markets to save on the energy and fuel costs of produce and other products.
- Fix leaky faucets immediately to save the gallons of water that can be wasted in just a day.
- Purchase energy-effiecent appliances when it is time to replace your current ones. These appliances have Energy Stars labels and save energy and money.
- Unplug all LED electronics after you turn them off. These electronics still use power after they are turned off.
- Donate old clothing instead of throwing them out. You can also list your old clothing on Freecycle.org
- Eliminate odors in the home naturally with Clear The Air odor eliminates. Our products are not-toxic, non-hazardous, non-caustic, and biodegradable. Solve your odor challenge here.
Posted on February 15th, 2015
Look around your home. Would you call it eco-friendly? Or, do you have some nagging doubts about what you buy, how you maintain your home and how you impact the environment? The following are just a few reasons why you should go green at home and how to do it.
Why Go Green at Home?
You probably know that recycling keeps things out of landfills, reduces costs and materials in manufacturing and reduces pollution. And you know that turning out the lights and not letting the water run before you get in the shower are actions that save energy. But, is it really making a difference?
Manon Verchot, reporting for Treehugger, explains that every choice you make has an impact on the environment, on yourself and on your neighbors. Choices about the food you eat, the personal care products you use, the way you get around and the kind of energy you use affect your personal health and the health of the planet. Just one reason is a good reason to go green at home. For example, a computer can run for three hours on the amount of energy saved from recycling one aluminum can.
How to Go Green at Home
If you’re not recycling already, it’s a good way to start. If your community offers curb-side recycling, this is the easiest way to start. If it doesn’t, research where the nearest recycling facility is and what materials they accept. Set up your household to recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum with organized bins.
Look beyond your garbage for recycling opportunities. Instead of throwing old drapes away when it’s time for new ones, look for ways to reuse the material or look for textile recyclers. Eartheasy reminds you to look at packaging when you buy products, to reduce junk mail and to recycle locally.
Use Less Energy at Home
The U.S. Energy Information Association reports that heating and cooling are no longer the major sources of U.S. home energy use. Homes built since 2000 are 30 percent bigger than older homes, but use about the same amount of energy. However, appliance, electronics and lighting use are increasing.
Duke Energy recommends looking at your home’s cooling systems and practices to reduce your energy consumption.
Start by installing energy-efficient windows and blocking heat caused by sunlight by decorating with drapes or solar screens. You also can plant trees and shrubs on your home’s sunny side to help create shade. Additionally, walk around your home and reduce how many things are plugged in when not in use, and use power strips to avoid energy drains.
Make More Changes
If you look around your home and see room for more eco-friendly improvements, make the necessary changes. Some improvements to consider include using green products like insulation made from recycled materials, used furniture from eco-conscious manufacturers and paints and stains with fewer or no chemicals. Switch to sustainable practices like composting, repurposing materials and using water-saving appliances like a recirculating water pump and low-flow toilet.