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Green Home Tips

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houses on grassHaving a healthy and green home is one of the ways to show your family you care. Make your home green to help reduce health risks associated with the use of toxic chemicals found in many home products. Here are some green home tips to help your home stay green and healthy.

 

Keep Your Air Clean


Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the major contributors to the health of your body. For example, 23 million people suffer from asthma. Indoor air pollutants like mold spores, pet dander and smoke are asthma triggers. One option you may want to choose is getting an air freshener. This choice does not eradicate the bad air particles but only covers up the smell. A better option to improve the air quality may be an air purifier.  It's important to note, that this solution does add to overall energy consumption.

 

Clean Air Filters


Cleaning the air filter in your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) unit is one of the easiest energy saving tips. Dust will not accumulate in the filters; hence, your air conditioner or heater will not have to work harder. An added benefit is the air circulating in your home will be clean.

 

Go Organic

It’s best to stay away from foods containing unwanted chemicals. These products may cause long-term adverse health effects. Even better is buying organic foods with higher nutritional values.

 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a National Organic Program (NOP) to recognize and promote organic foods grown and produced in an environmentally friendly manner. These foods are without antibiotics, growth hormones, conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically modifications. The producers range from cage-free chicken farms to sustainable fisheries.

 

Turn Off That Computer Screen When Not in Use


It seems that every home has a computer these days. It could be a laptop or a desktop. However, it is  undeniable that computers consume a lot of energy, especially when there are so many devices attached to them. In order to have an energy efficient home, make sure that you turn off your computer when not in use. At the very least, utilize an energy-efficient screen savers during short breaks to help reduce the total energy consumption of your home.

 

Knowing how to save energy will give you and your family health benefits. By implementing energy conservation tips, you will be able to ensure a better home for your family to live in.



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1 Comment

  • Comment Link GreenHomeBuilding Monday, 06 September 2010 11:20 posted by GreenHomeBuilding

    Good suggestions! Don't forget to not use plastic water bottles, so much waste comes from those damn things!

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