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Ideas for a More Eco-Friendly Home

It’s Earth Day! While it would be great if we could all plant a forest, there a few more realistic changes that you can make to do your part in preserving our planet! Not only will the ideas below help reduce your home’s negative environmental impact, but you can potentially lower your utility bills.

There are the old standbys, like simply recycling, but there also solutions like replacing your cleaning solutions that can make your home more energy-efficient.

Replace Light Bulbs
You can save 66% more energy by replacing your light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL). For every incandescent light you swap out for a CFL bulb, you save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. And brighter light and lower electricity bills are also positive side-effects!

Unplug appliances or devices from outlets when you are not using them. Televisions remain on “standby” mode for 12+ hours per day when left plugged in. Same thing goes for laptops – they are still using energy on “sleep” mode. You could save electricity as well as money over time if you simply unplug your devices while they’re not in use.

Naturally heat your home by opening up your blinds or curtains and letting sunshine flood your rooms. Once your home is warm, utilizing rugs in your main living areas will help maintain the heat, especially on wood and tile flooring.

Saving water and energy
Save water by making a habit of turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes in the kitchen sink. You can save gallons by ensuring water is only running when you’re actively using it. The same goes for repairing any leaky faucets.

Additionally, preserve energy by simply turning off the lights each time you leave a room, and avoid keeping the refrigerator door open while deciding what to eat.

Adding houseplants throughout your home will greatly improve the air quality. Spider plants are especially effective in purifying the air.

Reusable Shopping Bags
Skip the paper and plastic for reusable grocery and shopping bags as often as possible. If you do use a plastic or paper bag, we suggest reusing or repurposing it – as a trash bag, storage bag, etc.

Cloth vs. Paper
Swap paper napkins for cloth and paper towels for fabric towels when you can! Making this change each day will significantly cut down on your use of paper products.

Most household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can have damaging effects on your home and your health. Opt for more environmentally friendly cleaning supplies to prevent these chemicals from polluting your home. Read more about all our cleaning essentials and tips here.

With the help of these tips, you’ll find it’s never been easier to be “green.”

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