Simple Tips for Creating an Environmentally Healthy Home
The way you live in your home makes a big impact on the environment. By being intentional about how you live, your family can create a healthy home that’s easier on the environment.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle— Set up recycling areas in your home, such as a bin to collect recycling, or a corner of your basement or garage to place items until you’re ready to recycle.
Conserve Water—Encourage family members to turn off the faucet as they brush their teeth. Install water-efficient showerheads. If you have a yard, avoid watering outside between noon and 6:00 p.m. Make an effort to take shorter showers.
Consider Growing Food—Grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits. You can grow food (from seed or seedlings) in pots in your home or out in your yard.
Turn off Lights and Electronics—Encourage family members to turn off lights in rooms when no one is in the room. Have family members turn off computers, mp3 players, cell phones, televisions, and other electronic devices when they’re not in use.
Use Energy Efficient Bulbs—Choose the bulbs that make the most sense to you in helping the environment. Some families use only halogen lights because they’re more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Others say halogen lighting isn’t as energy-efficient as compact fluorescent (CFL) lights. Those who are against CFL lights point out that they contain mercury and must be recycled. Knowing the pros and cons of each type of light bulb can help you make the best choice for your family.
Prevent Home Health Hazards—Make your home hypoallergenic to help family members with environmental allergies and asthma. See Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers from the Environmental Protection Agency for more information. Also make sure you home is safe from pesticides and lead poisoning. See Ten Tips to Protect Children from Pesticide and Lead Poisonings.
Learn More—Research other ways to make your home environmentally- friendly. New advances are constantly being made in this area.