Part One: How to go green
We know the New Year often brings about our best intentions for ourselves. We make resolutions to lose weight and quit bad habits and spend more time with those who matter most. But what about making resolutions for the place you are the most? Your home.
Over this two-part series we will look at the most common resolutions people make with regards to their homes: going green and de-cluttering.
First up we look at five ways to turn your home a lean, mean, green machine in 2013!
Reveal in star power
Considering replacing the power guzzlers in your home? Switch to Energy Star-rated appliances, electronics, and lighting to both help slash your energy bill and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. And don’t forget to always unplug appliances that aren’t in use (think your TV, your laptop charger, and your coffeemaker). These appliances still burn energy, even when they aren’t in use.
Say no to junk
No, no…we will get to the “real” junk that is cluttering up your home in our next post, but for now, save yourself (and a lot of trees) by posting a “No Junk Mail” sign outside your home. This simple task will not only reduce the build up in your mailbox but will also help to reduce the carbon emissions released through the burning and cutting of millions of trees across the country.
Be flush friendly
The common household toilet found in most homes built before the mid-1990’s uses approximately 3.5 gallons of water per flush, which can put a serious dent in your water bill. Consider installing a dual-flush toilet (available at your local home store for anywhere from $70 to $300), which typically use only 0.8 gallons for a small flush and 1.6 gallons for a large flush.
If you are planning on replacing your flooring this year, opt for bamboo as your wood of choice. Similar in look to hardwood, bamboo is considered one of the most environmentally friendly flooring materials thanks to the fact that it takes only 3-5 years for bamboo to grow to its full maturity whereas other traditional hard woods can take anywhere from 20-120 years.
Put away potent paint
Nothing says “fresh start” quite like a new coat of paint on the walls of your home. Conventional paints, however, include a whole plethora of solvents, toxic metals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause smog, pollution, and can reduce the air quality in your home, even after the paint has dried. This year opt for low- or no-VOC paint, available from most paint manufacturers.
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