Going Green at Home

How can we live a healthy and happy life and save the planet at the same time? We see climate change and the loss of once beautiful land and it saddens us. Many people want to know how we can fix it. We want to preserve and restore our land so future generations can see the beauty of this magnificent planet. One of the best ways to do your part is by going green at home! Here are some helpful tips that can get you started.

 

Replace Some Light Bulbs

Instead of using incandescent bulbs that burn out quickly, try using CFLs. CFLs are more efficient and last a lot longer. They are more powerful, cheaper and they save energy!

Clean Green

Instead of using sickening household products loaded with harsh chemicals, choose from green certified cleaning products. Baking soda and water can be used for many cleaning projects, as can simple vinegar and water. Also, a great product, which is slightly expensive, is Melaleuca’s line of all-natural products. Even though they’re expensive, the products are highly concentrated so a little goes a very long way. Plus, it’s as strong, and in some cases stronger, than any industrial cleaner.

Watch Your Flow

Try taking shorter showers and hand washing your dishes instead of using the dish washer to lower the cost of your water and heating bill. Invest in a low flow shower head. It lowers the amount of water used without affecting the pressure. You can also try low flow toilets.

Buy “Green” Paint

Only use paints that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The best paint to use is AMF Safecoat. You’ll breathe easier knowing the unique formula helps block toxic emissions from seeping into your environment. You also don’t have to sacrifice style for health. It produces a vast spectrum of beautiful contemporary and traditional colors.

Buy Recycled

Start buying recycled products instead of products that go straight into the landfill once the consumer is done using them. A term used for recycling is Cradle to Cradle. This is the idea that one man’s waste is another man’s food. Also, recycle your own things. Take old clothes to thrift stores and recycle plastic, glass and paper.

If you’re not completely sure what to buy when it comes to getting green products, here are a few tips on things to avoid.

• Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals or that could potentially be harmful. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for green alternatives.

• Watch out for excessive packaging.

• If you can’t pronounce it, do not get it.

By simply going green at home, you can save the earth, save your health, save money, save the economy and just feel amazing about how you’re changing your life for the better. By going green at home, we not only benefit ourselves but also the future generations that we are leaving this planet to. I believe we were given the Earth to use and take from, but I also feel it is our job to use it responsibly and take care of what we have.

Works Cited:

http://www.benefitsofgoinggreen.com/pages.php?id=31

http://www.melaleuca.com/