10 Tips for a Greener Home
If you're planning for a new home, or interested in making an existing home more "green," here are 10 easy steps that make a difference.
Swap out incandescent light bulbs
...for longer lasting compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or try LED bulbs with around 2700 Kelvins, which mimic the soft, white flow of their energy-eating counterparts.
Control your thermostat on the go
Raise or lower the temp when you're not home with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat from your smartphone or other Wi-Fi-capable device.
Recycle batteries and other electronic products
...that might contain metals and harsh acids to help reduce pollution. Search earth911.com to find drop-off locations near you.
Save a tree
...by using cloth towels or sponges when you clean, or opt for paper towels made from 100 percent recyclable materials.
Use less water
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fixing household leaks can save thousands of gallons of water per year.
In the market for an appliance, computer, or TV? Look for the Energy Star logo, which indicatesitems that consume less energy. Visit energystar.gov for a list of products.
Look for cleaners with natural, eco-friendly ingredients
...or mix up your own all-purpose solution with 1/2 gallon water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda.
Give your windows some attention
Plug those drafty air leaks with weatherstripping and caulk, and hang insulating window treatments.
Paint with a purpose
Consider products with low (or no) volatile organic compounds. High VOCs can emit chemicals and pollutants into the air. Shop green-designated lines available from most paint brands.
Plan a garden
Start planning your new garden for spring of 2014. Eating homegrown foods decreases your dependence on store-bought items and reduces your carbon footprint.
excerpt from Coastal Living