Ideas & Advice on an Eco-Friendly, Healthy Home
According to the Shelton Group’s research, 64% of us believe climate change is real and caused by humans. And 51% are anxious about climate change and its effects. And even those of us who consider ourselves and our lifestyles green or sustainable may not have connected the dots that our homes are major contributors to climate change.
We’ve been living in a solution all along and haven’t known.
Everyday Green Home is here to help you find ways to be the change in this world that you want to be. To find the things you can do in your home now and in the future to make your home, be it owned or rented, part of the solution.
When we talk about being green or sustainable, we are talking about saving the world and, in effect ourselves. This is a movement to provide all of us with:
- Clean air to breathe
- Clean water to drink
- Safe, healthy food to eat
- Safe, healthy places to live
- Energy to run the places where we live, learn, play, and work
When we don’t operate our homes properly, we don’t get the full benefits of that home. Whether you are buying a new home or wanting to make your home more eco-friendly, it’s imperative to know how to maximize our:
- HVAC systems
- Water heater
- Recycling and waste management
Jackie Marie Beyer, The Organic Gardener and host of the Organic Gardener podcast ,defines organic gardening as “using natural compost to enhance your soil, not spraying any kind of chemical fertilizers on your plants, (and) doing what you can do to create an ecosystem that makes your plants grow in a natural way.”
Some simple steps include:
- Control pollutants by choosing less toxic materials.
- Seal up the home and ensure proper ventilation.
- Limit or eliminate chemicals for your home and yard. When absolutely necessary, ensure chemicals are properly stored.
- Seek professional help to provide guidance.
By hiring a professional to conduct an energy audit, you will be made aware of the specific issues you can address to improve your home’s sustainability. Many homes—even newer builds—have areas where energy consumption can be reduced to make the home run more effectively.
If your goal is to improve your home’s “green” level and reduce your carbon footprint, it is imperative to hire a professional to conduct a home energy audit. While there are many areas that you can review yourself, such as foundation, windows, walls, and attics, without a professional review and guidance, your focus may be misplaced.
Water is liquid gold, and we should all be striving to reduce the amount of water we use. Some areas to consider include:
A connected home has a central processor that can be accessed through a panel, app, or voice-enabled device and connects all of the home’s devices.