Going green at home is not only a great way to help lower your environmental impact—it can also have positive effects on your comfort, health and pocketbook.
Here are a few ways to implement green-living products and practices into your home:
Use green cleaning products
The air inside your home can contain up to five times as many common chemical pollutants than areas outside the home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. One quick way to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals is by using green cleaning products. Many natural ingredients found inside your kitchen—such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon—can do the job just as well. What’s more, replacing expensive cleaning products with cheaper, homemade cleaning products can also offer a huge savings boost. A variety of chemical-free cleaning products are also available in most grocery and retail stores.
Invest in eco-friendly furniture
New furniture can often come with a distinct scent brought on by the slow release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like glue, chemical coatings and varnishes, particle board and upholstery used throughout the construction process. Eco-friendly furniture, however, is made using natural materials harvested from sustainable resources or recycled goods, thus eliminating the worry of chemical exposure. While it’s always best to repurpose or recycle existing pieces of furniture, several furniture manufacturers now offer eco-friendly lines for purchase.
Add plants to home decor
Research has proven that many common houseplants help fight pollution indoors. Indoor plants help to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen while also removing commercial chemicals from the air. For air cleaning capabilities that go beyond what plants can provide, consider a whole-home system like the PureAir™ air purification system. With nature and technology working to clear your air, you can breathe easier.
Eat less processed foods
Processed foods, according to the World Health Organization, are responsible for the sharp increase in chronic disease across the globe. It urges people to cut their intake of these foods, which are often high in saturated fats, sugar and salt. As a rule, choose local foods to eliminate the estimated 1,500 miles the average fresh food item typically travels to get to your dinner table. In addition, increase intake of fruits and vegetables to around 400 grams per day and opt for organic food whenever possible to avoid ingestion of harmful pesticides.
Using solar panels to power your HVAC, lighting and more can help reduce your dependence on the power grid and lower your home’s energy costs. Today’s solar energy systems are simpler to use than ever before—and often include federal tax breaks and rebates from local utility providers. Plus, this clean energy source is infinitely renewable, significantly reducing impact to the environment.