Making your home green is not an easy process. The following are the important things that can do to make your home greener. This will help in minimizing emissions and release of harmful products to the environment.
Cleaning the air with plants
Plants are known for utilizing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Besides, these plants are helpful in removing toxic or harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air. You should make an effort of planting more plants in your home. However, some plants are harmful to the pets. You should avoid planting such plants.
Using organic cotton or bamboo towels
Cotton is sprayed with pesticides and insecticides. Organic cotton is the best. Bamboo towels are made from a renewable resource, and it has wonderful uses. Towels made from bamboos are extremely soft.
Avoid using synthetic air fresheners
These fresheners contain numerous chemicals some of which are linked to many health issues like respiratory problems, hormone disruption, cancer, and skin irritations. Your home can be freshened naturally by adding fresh nutmeg or cloves to a basin of warm water. Alternatively, you can also use a diffuser with a favourite essential oil.
Minimize your bathing time
Your shower should not last for more than 5 minutes. An average shower uses up to 95 liters if water. Reducing this time to five minutes can help you in cutting down the volume of water by fifty percent.
Adjusting the heater temperature
The heater’s temperature should be lowered from 48-60°C. This will save your heating costs by about ten percent. This temperature can also be lowered further to 45°C provided you will be comfortable with it.
Using “green” shower curtains
Curtains made from vinyl are known for releasing toxic chemicals including carcinogens into the bathroom air. The use of canvas, organic cotton and hemp shower curtains can help you in eliminating these toxins. Your curtains should be kept mould free and clean.
Choosing natural carpeting
Typical carpets contain about 120 different chemicals. These chemicals include flame retardants, pesticides, and stain resisters. Such curtains should be avoided. Instead, you should go for the natural fibers like hemp, seagrass, cotton, and jute. Undyed and organic are the best curtains.
Any appliance such as a computer, phone charger, and television that is not being used should be unplugged. Alternatively, some of these devices should be turned off once you are finished.