10 Tips for a Healthier, Happier, Eco-friendly Home

Reducing your home’s negative impact on the planet will likely require a huge amount of work. Small things do make a big difference. Even if you can only do a few of the actions above, you will be one step closer to living on a greener planet.

  1. Look for products with low VOC content
    Generally, paints contain high levels of VOCs which are harmful for the environment as well as your health. Try to select brands that are solvent, VOC, pesticide and toxin free and protect your health by cleaning up indoor air with an air purifier.

  2. Use energy efficient lighting
    You will save 66% more energy by replacing incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

  3. Bamboo is better
    Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It is more environmentally friendly than timber trees to use as hardwood flooring.

  4. Open the blinds
    10% of energy can be saved on heating when you open the blinds during the day to let the sunlight in.

  5. Low-Energy appliances
    Energy Star-Qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard models.

  6. Compost kitchen scraps
    Separating and composting kitchen scraps not only reduces the amount of household waste in the landfill but also eases the costs associated with rubbish collection.

  7. Do not use chemicals – keep up with cleaning
    Instead of chemicals and synthetic fragrances, opt for 100% essential oils and non-aerosol scents. Vacuuming before relocating can help rid your home the dust mites along with other potentially irritating contaminants, keeping allergic reactions away. Vacuum carpet with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter each week to increase the number of contaminants that are removed from the carpet.
    Steam cleaning upholstery and carpets after vacuuming is another good way of keeping dust mites away and can provide your house that deep clean. Steam is the efficient, affordable and environmentally-friendly cleaning alternative to traditional methods involving mops, buckets and detergents.

  8. Grow houseplants
    Be literally green. Houseplants are a wonderful addition to any home. Not only do they look beautiful, recent studies have also found that they’re brilliant for purifying the air around them too. Peace Lilies, Spider Plants and Philodendrons are wonderful plants for any home.

  9. Non-Toxic Mattress
    Most bedding products are treated with formaldehyde chemical, which is harmful for the environment as well as your health. It’s better to select organic bedding and eco-friendly mattresses.

  10. Check the air quality in your home
    Using green cleaning products can help cut way back on the toxins in your home, as citrus and pine-based solvents can react with ozone to create formaldehyde. Did you know that air pollution can lead to Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases? The use of an air purifier can significantly improve the air quality in the home. Air purifiers use a special type of air filtration system to remove more contaminants from the air than a traditional filtration unit.

+1 Tip:

Get Green with Home Water Filtration System
Everyone wants the safest and purest drinking water for their families. As a result, many households consistently spend large quantities of money on bottled water. The environmental impact of switching to a water filter system clearly justifies skipping the bottles.