How To Make Your Home Eco- Friendly
More and more people today are eco-conscious as they become aware of the toxic nature of common household materials and living practices. Moving is the ideal time to make your new house greener, safer and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some tips to help:
Low-flow toilets and showerheads can make a big difference in the amount of water used. A short shower of 7 minutes duration uses over 65 litres of water. An older toilet uses over 18 litres of water per flush. This is reduced to 6 litres with the newer, low flow models.
Your heating system is another place to be more eco-conscious. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature lower during the hours you are at work and warmer when you are at home. It is astonishing how much money you can save and reduce energy consumption.
Energy Efficient LED Lightbulbs
This is one of the easiest ways to reduce electrical costs. Similarly, family members should be encouraged to turn lights off in rooms that are not being used.
Use Zero VOC Paint
It is common for people to paint when they move into a new home. Sometimes it is just a room or two, other times it is the whole house. Most of the major paint companies now have zero VOC paint lines to choose from.
Double Glazed Windows
If you want to make improvements to your new home, consider replacing old windows with the newer double- glazed windows to save on heating costs.
If the house you purchased requires renovations, consider putting in solar panels to take advantage of natural sunlight and to save on hydro costs.
Carpeting is often made with toxic materials. Consider replacing it with hardwood or engineered hardwood. Oak and pine are good options as they are regularly replenished and do not emit toxins during manufacturing.
Many older homes do not have adequate insulation. The old fiberglass insulation is less efficient than today’s cellulose insulation material. Updating the insulation will help save on heating costs.
Natural Cleaning Products
Many of us have a cupboard full of cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals. Start purchasing natural products that are easily available through manufacturers and stores. Or, make your own. Baking soda and vinegar make great cleaning products.
If you are planning to renovate, Premiere Van Lines can help by storing some of your furnishings until the renovations are done. Contact us for your moving or storage needs at 1-877-671-6683.