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6 Steps to a Greener Home

Most of us wish that we could live greener lives, we just don’t know how to go about it. The good news is that going green is much easier than many people realize. In fact, any of us can go green if we are willing to make a few adjustments.

No Shoes in the House
Wearing your shoes into the house when you come in from the outside is one of the most common causes of an unnecessary household mess. You then will then need to spend time and energy cleaning up that mess. For most people, this will involve getting the hoover out, which requires electricity to run. If you want to have as green a household as possible, you should be minimizing the amount of cleaning that you need to do in general.

Buy Green
This seems like an obvious point, but it is worth emphasizing. Many of us don’t appreciate just how many opportunities we have to go green by simply switching suppliers or brands for our most common products. For example, check out for recommendations on toilets and keep an eye out for green and low-flow varieties. 

Reduce Excess Moisture
Excess moisture is by far the most common cause of mold and mildew in the average home. Mold and mildew can both cause health hazards, and they wreak havoc on our respiratory system. Make sure to keep an eye out for any leaks or other sources of moisture. Use charcoal to absorb excess moisture where you find it.

Do Away with Air Fresheners
It’s easy to understand the temptation of buying air fresheners. Some of us feel like we are locked into a never-ending struggle to achieve the perfect scent and aromas in our homes. Unfortunately, air fresheners inevitably release toxic chemicals in some way. If you want to eliminate odors in your home, you can achieve this in a much more ecologically friendly way by simply using baking soda and charcoal to absorb any smells.

Say No to Stain Guards
When you buy new furniture, you may well be asked if you would like to opt for additional stain guarding. If you want to stay green, you should always turn these options down.

Open Windows When You Can
As long as you don’t live somewhere that is particularly built-up and polluted (New York City, for example) you should aim to keep your windows open as much as possible. This will help to keep the air circulating in your home and will also match the indoor temperature to that outside. Obviously, if it is particularly cold or wet outside then you may want to keep windows closed. However, in the summer months, rather than spending money on air conditioning, why not just open the windows?

Living a greener existence isn’t rocket science. Many people think that going green involves making sudden and dramatic shifts in their lifestyles, but this is rarely the case. Usually, going green is simply a case of making a few relatively minor adjustments to your daily routine. The potential rewards are huge. You will not only be contributing to saving the environment but you can often save yourself money too.



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