5 Green Living Tips For Winter
It is a new year and a great time to start taking a few new steps towards green living. Here are 5 of my favorite tips anyone can do even during cold winter weather.
1. Switch to green cleaning products
The chill in the air makes it necessary to keep our windows closed making indoor air quality even more important. One easy way to protect the indoor air quality of your home is to switch to green cleaning products. This is especially important for homes with family members with allergies and asthma. The chemicals in traditional products can continue to release toxins into the air long after they are applied. One quick switch is to avoid window cleaners that contain ammonia.
2. Tend your house plants
While we are on the topic of indoor air quality, a great way to freshen the air in your home naturally is with house plants. A few easy to tend to options are Pothos, Aloe, Spider Plants and Diffenbachia. Many of these require low light and are tolerant to our sometimes scattered watering schedules. Learn more here!
3. Update your thermostat settings
We recently purchased our first home and are in the process of updating our thermostats to ones that can be programmed. Having the heat adjust to when you are not home or sleeping not only makes life a little easier, but also reduces your utility costs. At our last home our thermostat even had an eco saving setting on it. Now that makes things easy!
4. Recycle your old electronics
We just finished up the holiday season and with it comes technology updates. It is important to make sure your outdated electronics are donated or recycled. Did you know there is gold, silver and copper in your old cell phone that can be recycled? Recycling also keeps harmful chemicals out of our landfills and lets face it, that old TV is not going to decompose. You can find local retailers that take back old electronics for recycling here.
5. Find a free local energy audit
As new home owners it is a great time to start to look into a free energy audit. A great resource for finding this is your local utility provider. I have had friends get free energy saving light bulbs from their utility company with a free audit. I will keep you posted to the results once we have this scheduled!
I always love to hear from you. How are you living green this winter?
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