How to Live in a “Green” House

Friday, June 30, 2017

How to Live in a “Green” House

An average of 4.6 pounds of trash are thrown away by each American on a daily basis. In 2006, that created about 251 millions tons of waste. As the mounds of trash continue to pile up in each household and city dump, available space in landfills across the country dwindles away.

While we search for more space, bigger landfills, and better solutions, we continue to expel harmful air pollutants, compromise our waterways, and leave ourselves at risk for disease. As our environment suffers, we suffer.

The facts surrounding waste and pollution are staggering, but just knowing the dangers is half the battle. We should begin to apply what we know by modifying our behaviors for the benefit of the environment. So what can you do to make a difference on a daily basis? From our cleaning supplies to daily home habits, everyone has the ability to make a positive impact on the world. For all of the questions that surround the topic of environmental awareness, equip yourself with these answers for living a more eco-friendly life in a truly “green” home.

Q: Are my household cleaning supplies harmful to the environment?

A: According to U.S Poison Control Centers, cleaning products accounted for 10% of all exposures to hazardous chemicals. Roughly 62 chemicals can easily be found in a typical household. These products are flushed down the toilet to remove bacteria, poured into the shower drain to remove clogs, and the bottles of the occasional leftovers are thrown into the trash. In a variety of manners, these chemicals are released into the air or waterways. Although many of the water treatment facilities typically remove these from water sources, there is still the chance of harmful side effects.

Q: What household cleaning products can I purchase that will be less harmful for the environment?

A: When purchasing household cleaners, look for keywords on the labels like, “Biodegradable,” or “100% All-Natural.” Some other terms including the word “organic,” may not actually be good for the environment, because they are not regulated in the same manner. Also, look for a certification label on the product’s packaging.

Q: What items can be recycled so that I can help prevent unnecessary waste?

A: Products like glassic, plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, and electronics can be recycled at a local facility. Along with collecting and transporting these items to be be melted at a recycling center, try doing a little upcycling within your own home. You can turn old clothing into cleaning rags, use old coffee grounds in the garden, and turn empty tissue boxes into craft time with the kids.

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Q: What everyday habits can I change in order to promote greener living?

A: There are a few daily tasks that we can alter for the sake of living a greener lifestyle. For example, using your own refillable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles is just one small step that makes a long-term impact. Turn off the water between rinses when you wash the dishes, or use washcloths instead of paper towels. You can choose walking or riding a bicycle as your prefered method of transportation to replace local driving as well.

Q: How does an eco-friendly home affect my pocketbook and the value of my home?

A: Over time, you will end up saving yourself money by adding elements like high-efficiency appliances, water heater, and windows. Also, according to a recent study completed in California, selling a certifiably green home can add up to 9% to the value of the home. Plus, eco-friendly qualities in the home are an impressive selling point to prospective buyers. There is also a federal tax credit for any taxpayer who owns a home with solar power systems. (It’s definitely worth looking into the details.)

Taking care of the earth is a global effort. Each person is responsible for their own choices that could physically change the world. Start the conversation with those you know, so that they can also live a greener lifestyle from the comfort of their home. The greener our houses are, the greener our world can become.

By  Neil StawskiEmbed

Mr. Stawski believes we aren’t doing enough to protect our planet. He created to educate the public and encourage people to take action.


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