Your home is your sanctuary, your every day escape from the outside world. Well, maybe the kids keep it from being the ideal oasis, but outside of work you spend a large majority of time there. You want to keep it as clean and comfortable as possible.
Many homes and businesses are going green to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals. As more research becomes available on how various chemical compounds affect the environment, consumers are demanding information about the products they use around their homes.
Unfortunately, this has led to “greenwashing,” which is when a company or product intentionally spreads misinformation presenting itself as environmentally responsible, even though it’s not. On the other hand, many products have changed to become better for people and the environment. Educating yourself is essential to making the right choice.
If you’re interested in a greener home, review and consider implementing the following items, which can make your house a more environmentally healthy haven.
One of the least expensive ways to reduce toxic chemicals in the home is to switch out current cleansers for plant - or essential – oil-based cleaners. Many companies like Method, Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer*s Clean Day have committed to producing products which clean and disinfect without using toxic chemicals.
Instead of the harsh scent of chlorine filling your home after a day of cleaning, these products leave no smell or depend on essential oils for fragrance. This means your home has less of the worrisome vapors which can affect both your health and the environment.
Water filters make it possible to enjoy purified water without stressing the environment with an overflow of water bottles. Filters can help reduce the amount of harmful metals or undesirable minerals found in tap water.
There are a variety to choose from, starting with basic pitcher filters or faucet mounted units. They range from $25 to $40 depending on size, and replacement filters run from $7 to $40. Many filters have a 35 to 45-gallon lifespan, making them more cost-effective than bottled water as well. Pūr and Brita are two of the most recognizable and easily found brands.
More expensive options include counter top gravity water filtration systems such as AquaRain or Berkey. These high-capacity, stainless steel containers have reusable filters which can be specially configured to meet your family’s needs. Berkey also has showerhead filters to purify shower water to reduce chlorine vapor.
Everything from your home’s water heater and air conditioning unit to your electronic entertainment devices pull electricity. In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began the voluntary ENERGY STAR program to promote energy-efficient appliances and devices. Since its inception, the program has partnered with 18,000 private and public sector organizations to provide energy-efficient solutions and information.
These include TVs, light bulbs, computer monitors, refrigerators, water heaters and more for both home and commercial use. The efficient use of power makes these appliances and devices more cost effective than previous models. This helps you to save on your monthly electric bills while helping the environment.
These are just a few ways your home can be environmentally friendly. These changes can benefit both your own health and the world around you. So go ahead and treat yourself for doing your part to make a positive impact on the world and buy that extra-large, energy-efficient curved computer monitor or 88” 4KTV to celebrate!