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  1. There are few things that can make a home more inviting and pleasant to be in than a wonderful scent. Of course, everything from the kids' smelly shoes and your pets to grease from cooking and more can impact the smell of your home. Many people go to great lengths to overcome these smells and to improve the odor in their space. For example, it is common to spray air fresheners, to use deodorizers on your carpeting and even to light candles in various rooms in the home. While these are common steps to take, aromatherapy may actually be a healthier solution. The Toxins in Air Freshening Products Many air fresheners and other related products contain ingredients that are harmful to the environment as well as to your health. For example, most contain benzene, styrene, formaldehyde and phthalates. Some of these are known carcinogens. Others can increase hormone levels, cause reproductive issues, negatively impact the development of a fetus and more. Different air freshening products contain different levels of these ingredients, and some will opt to use products that have a lower level. However, a better option may be to forgo these products altogether and to opt for aromatherapy instead. What Is Aromatherapy? While most common household air freshening products use harsh, dangerous chemicals to make your home smell great, aromatherapy can produce the same aromatic results by using natural plant extracts and essential oils. These may be some of the same oils and extracts that you may use in your massage oils and bath products. The practice of aromatherapy describes the combination of art and science that come together to create a harmonizing, pleasant and healthy experience for the mind, body and spirit. Gary Young is a leading advocate of aromatherapy, and he has authored many books on the topic that go into great detail about his own health experiences with aromatherapy. How to Use Aromatherapy in Your Home Aromatherapy may most commonly be thought of in relation to making your home smell good, but there are true health benefits associated with aromatherapy as well. Each oil and various combinations of oils can be used to create different and healthy results for you. They have the ability to affect your mood, improve your physical health and help you to feel more spiritually balanced. Choosing oils is the first step to take to enjoy aromatherapy. You should spend time researching the effects each one may have on you. For example, lavender has qualities that will help you to feel more balanced and soothed. Rosemary can be both invigorating and warming. Sweet orange has uplifting, cheerful properties. These and other oils can be incorporated into your home individually or separately to create the healthy results you desire. While you want to choose a scent or a combination of scents that you find appealing and pleasing, you also should be aware of the impact they can have on your mind, body and spirit. Everyone wants a home that smells fresh, clean and pleasant, but daily activities and regular use of the home can often produce odors that are unappealing. Using air freshening products that you purchase at a local store can be effective at making your home smell better, but these products are bad for the environment and can have unhealthy effects on you and your family. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are a better option because they are natural, safe and healthy, and they are also equally as effective at making your home smell great. If you are looking for a great way to improve the odor in your home without creating an unhealthy environment, aromatherapy may be the right solution.
  2. Going green is a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. More and more people are incorporating a lot of great green initiatives into their daily life to make a difference for their planet. Many people think, in fact, that there is not much more they can do to go green. Even though it seems like there is not much the average person can do, there are a lot of new an uncommon ways to save the planet and its resources. Anyone can try to add these practices into their daily lives. Here are six new ways to go green you haven’t tried yet. Get a better energy provider Every year there are more and better options for green energy from some of the most popular companies in the business. Everyone should reevaluate their options and compare energy rates every year to make sure they are getting the best price for the best, cleanest energy they can get to their home. Make your own green products There are a lot of good options for green products on the market today. However, many of these products are quite expensive and most still use a lot of valuable resources in the manufacturing process. Instead, try doing some DIY to make homemade products, trying out everything from cleaning products to beauty products. Ditch all plastic A lot of plastic is used and wasted in the world every day. This is a major issue that many people cannot seem to get away from. Though using no plastic whatsoever may not be possible every day, everyone can make big changes to use less plastic regularly, like switching to paper or reusable bags at the supermarket, as a most basic example. Try CO2 dry cleaning There is a new dry cleaning method that is hitting most major chains around the world. This method uses cleaner practices that create no carbon dioxide to keep the air clean and everyone’s clothes clean as well. This is still a new method, so make sure to ask the local businesses if they are able to get it at their establishment. Make the home smarter Smart homes used to be just a futuristic fantasy. Today, smart homes are becoming a very real possibility to many people, to some extent. Everyone can make their home smarter by helping it use the least amount of energy every day automatically. A couple basic changes to make are installing an automatic thermostat and a universal power controls to help the home use less energy without home owners having to even lift a finger. Find a new way to use animals to benefit the planet Though many people reduce their consumption of animal products already to reduce pollution, there are other ways to use animals to the benefit of the planet. Many people are opting to let animals, like goats and sheep, to mow down their grass. This may sound bizarre, but it is a practice that more people are getting on board with.
  3. Keeping our homes clean on a regular basis can mean the difference in being healthy vs. being sick. Many homeowners realize this, however because so many people lead busy lives, rarely do they take the time needed to maintain a clean home. A recent study by the National Center for Healthy Housing found that a sizeable majority of those surveyed did not realize that living in a dirty environment can actually contribute to the development of certain illnesses, such as allergies, asthma or even cancer. The problem for many property owners is that they just do not know exactly what it takes to foster a clean, healthy home environment. Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a set of guidelines for attaining a healthy home. Here are the 7 steps that they suggested in their report: 1. Maintain a Dry and Mold-Free Home. • Clean and preserve gutters and downspouts on a routine basis. This helps to avoid any water buildup, while preventing mold growth. • Repair all water damage in walls and ceilings immediately. If you notice water gathering at the foundation, be sure to dry it immediately. • Routinely check all appliances and plumbing components for water leakages. Repair and dry them as quickly as possible. • Regularly inspect floor drains. 2. Maintain a Clean House. • Dust with a slightly moist cloth frequently. • After dusting, use a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner from a reputable company, such as Miele or Riccar. • Emphasize using non-toxic cleaners, such as baking soda, borax, lemon juice, and vinegar. • Do not use artificial fragrances. These release toxic chemicals and VOCs into the air, where they can cause health problems. • Regularly clean the oven, air-conditioning system, hot water heater, and heater according to manufacturer recommendations. • Routinely clean the refrigerator exhaust fan and drip pan. • Frequently clean the lint screen and clothes dryer vent. • Use floor mats at the inside and outside of all access points to the house. • Do not permit anyone to wear shoes inside the house. 3. Guarantee Optimal Indoor Air Quality. • Invest in a HEPA air cleaner from a reputable brand, such as Austin Air or Amaircare. • Remove all possible sources of contaminants. • Do not allow smoking in the home or near open doors and windows. 4. Maintain Proper Ventilation. • Guarantee that all appliances have proper ventilation (especially gas stoves). • All bathrooms with showers should have an exhaust fan to help reduce humidity levels. Every time you shower, make sure to turn on the fan. • Along with proper air filtration, open windows and doors when the air outdoors is clean. Ventilation helps disperse any contaminants, while introducing fresh air into the home. 5. Control Vermin. • Consistently examine the home for signs of cockroaches, mice, snakes, and other bugs and rodents. • Fill all foundation cracks and openings with caulk, foam, and cement. • Avoid pesticides. If need be, hire an expert that employs integrated pest management (IPM). Also, try to use non-toxic pesticides if and when possible. 6. Foster a Safe Environment. • Set the water heater temperature level to 120 degrees. • Install non-slip mats and grab bars at baths and showers. • Set up non-slip pads under movable rugs. • Use nightlights wherever it is dark. • Quickly replace damaged electrical cords and outlets. • Frequently examine smoke and carbon monoxide gas detectors. • Test for radon. Radon kills over 21,000 people in the U.S. alone each year. • Check the house for peeling paint. Strip and repaint immediately using non-toxic/low VOC paint. 7. Keep the Home Maintained on a Regular Basis • Have the home professionally inspected every year. • Repair all foundation cracks and holes quickly. • Replace broken windows promptly. • Keep the roof in optimal condition. • Change HEPA filters per the cleaner instructions • Replace heater filters every quarter. • Pump the sewage-disposal tank at least every 5 years. Enhancing Your Indoor Air Quality. As property owners, we want to believe that making sure ideal air quality is easy. The reality is that so many building and furnishing products on the market are actually some of the worst air contamination offenders. There is no doubt that this kind of contamination can impact health, particularly in children, the elderly and pets. The reason why certain HEPA air cleaner brands are so popular, such as Austin Air, is that they efficiently remove hazardous airborne contaminants and provide a clean, safe breathing environment. In fact, parents who are concerned with their family's health and well-being should give careful consideration to using a HEPA air cleaner in the home. In addition to following the recommended healthy home guidelines, consider investing in a HEPA air cleaner today and guarantee optimal air quality for years to come. Resource(s): A Healthy Home for Everyone: The Guide for Families and Individuals
  4. Making energy efficient upgrades to your home not only is good for the environment, it also can save you lots of money when your bills are due. The only issue is that you might not know where to start. There are so many options to just throw money into but not all of them are as good as you would like to think. Here are some of the best energy efficient improvements to make. New Windows and Doors If you live in an older house with windows and doors that haven't been replaced in years, it's likely you are losing a considerable amount of money on your heating and cooling costs. Over the years, your house shifts and settles, and doors and windows no longer fit their frames the way they once did, leaving gaps and cracks for air to get through. Also, newer windows come with either double or triple panes, which are much better at keeping the air in that you want in and keeping the air out that you don't than older single-pane windows. Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat helps improve your energy efficiency by optimizing the use of your heating and cooling systems. During the summer, for example, you can set your thermostat to raise the temperature during the day when you aren't there and then gradually raise it in the hour or two before you arrive home. In the winter, you can set your thermostat to lower the temperature during the day and at night while you are sleeping. Being able to program your thermostat allows you to use less energy and save money. Adding Insulation Another way to be energy efficient in your home is to add or update your current insulation. Insulation in walls, floors and ceilings helps to keep warm air in in the winter and cold air out, while doing the reverse in the summer. Reitzel Insulation Co Ltd insulation also keeps pipes in walls and under floors warm during the winter so they don't freeze. If you can afford blown-in insulation, it works great for hard-to-reach areas. Low-flow Water Devices You'd be surprised how much water you waste in your home on a daily basis, but there's a way you can cut down on that. Installing flow-restricting devices on your toilet as well as a low-flow shower head can cut your water usage by hundreds of gallons a month. Though this won't save you a ton of money, it will give you the peace of mind that you are doing your part to help the environment. Having an energy efficient home is the dream of so many of us. There are many energy efficient upgrades you can make to your home, some simple and inexpensive, some that are complex and costly. Choose the ones that make the most sense for you. These upgrades might set you back but remember that you are going to make some of that money back over time due to lower bills at the end of the month.
  5. Now more than ever is the right time to go green at home. You probably heard the news: 2014 was the hottest year on record. If each one of us does not make some sort of effort to reduce our carbon footprint the results for our children and grandchildren will be disastrous. Huge tidal waves. Droughts. An increasingly un-livable planet. I mean, let’s face it; the Mars One mission to colonize Mars is not feasible. What we need is short-term, simple steps to help us continue doing what we love on Planet Earth. Here are some steps we can take right now: 1. Buy Energy-Efficient Light-bulbs The production of incandescent, inefficient bulbs has been phased out, so really at this point you don’t have a choice. Instead of waiting for your old light-bulbs to die or break, seize the moment to replace every incandescent bulb in your home with an energy-efficient alternative. There are several options available. The primary debate revolves around which is a better choice, LED or CFL. LED bulbs cost more at the outset, but they don’t contain mercury like CFL’s do, and they last longer. On average, a 15 watt CFL will cost $1.20 a year to power and will last 10,000 hours, while a 12 watt LED costs $1.00/year and will last 25,000 hours. Don’t want to leave the house because you’re too busy optimizing it for energy-efficiency? You can order either kind of bulb here. 2. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies The temptation is to simply buy the standard, inexpensive supplies that “get the job done.” But the factories that make these supplies are part of the problem—they consume lots of fossil fuels and they don’t pay their employees enough for them to go green. Also, disposing containers generates more waste. Instead, take advantage of common, inexpensive goods. Lemon has acidic and antibacterial traits. You can mix lemon juice with salt to make a great sink-cleaner, or just soak the faucet in lemon juice and let it sit to loosen mineral deposits; to get rid of stains on garments, rub fresh-cut lemons on the stain and leave the clothing to soak in warm water for a couple of hours, then wash. Try using baking soda on counter-tops and in toilets; mix with vinegar for an especially strong cleaner. Try putting together some home-made laundry detergent: use one bar of shaved, organic bar-soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of washing soda. Stir for 5 minutes or so and put it to work! 3. Greenify and Optimize Wash Cycles A good green practice is to wash whole loads, whether they’re loads of laundry or dishes. And use cold water when you can. About 90% of energy consumption from washing is a result of how much electricity it takes to heat the water. Air-dry your dishes and, if you have the space, hang your laundry out to dry on a clothes-line. If you’re going to ignore the earlier advice and buy laundry detergent (we only have so much time!), buy it in bulk and find the brand(s) with minimal packaging. Same goes for dishwasher detergent. If you’re buying detergents, make an effort to purchase products manufactured locally or find the ones manufactured closest to your home. 4. Head Towards the Light Yes it makes sense to buy energy-efficient light-bulbs, but you should take advantage of natural light whenever possible. Use light-colored wall-paints to reflect natural light better in any room with windows. Avoid turning on lights in your home whenever you can and turn them off whenever you leave the room. Put your favorite reading-recliner and your office-desk beneath windows. 5. Minimize Appliance Power-usage Plug appliances into a power strip, and when you’re not using them, turn the power strip off. Or, just unplug appliances when you’re not using them. When you’re buying appliances, consider buying from companies that partner with Energy Star to offer rebates, a list of which you can find here. Take advantage of your computer’s power-saving mode, and, if you’d like a free way to analyze your computer’s power usage, download Miscrosoft’s Joulemeter. These are just some of the ways you can easily go green at home. Do you have any other suggestions, tips or tricks for greening the home-space?
  6. While most people believe that thinking green has to do something with things that are far away geographically, a constantly growing part of the general populace is starting to realize that this just isn’t true. I mean, we have all noticed how the weather is changing year in, year out, and more and more information about lost species, eco catastrophes, our general disregard for the environment, and how this impacts our daily lives keep emerging. This naturally leads people to reevaluate the state in which their homes are, and this is the most logical place to start. Still, a lot of people do not do the necessary research when they attempt to make their home greener. We are here to help you get your facts straight. Choosing the Right Materials The importance of this is two-fold! First of all, some materials that are generally used by construction teams are not good for human health as well as the environment. The prime example of this are paints, adhesives and other things that contain a high level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Materials containing VOCs cause air pollution, smog and can be quite destructive for human health. This isn’t the only example of poor material choice when it comes green construction and you should research them before you start the project. It is also a very good to use recycled material wherever possible. A lot of people perceive getting recycled construction materials as going to the junkyard to scavenge through the waste. This is very far from the truth. Recycled materials come with proper specification and you can always contact manufacturers if you need to make any further inquiries. Getting Professional Help While you might have the best intentions at heart, you might not be qualified enough to come up with and lead a green renovation project all by yourself. This is why you should rely on professional help in order to get things done properly. You need to ensure that you builders are properly licensed to handle this kind of work, and that they adhere to proper procedures that minimize the damage done to the immediate and global environment. Being that Green building has grown to be somewhat a trend (and about time it did), there will be a lot of contractors out there who will claim that they can pull off the whole thing, but I wouldn’t go that far without a licensing confirmation. Managing Waste and Pollution What’s tricky about green construction is that you need to make sure that the end result, as well as the process, is green and safe. It just doesn’t make sense to have one without the other. Before you start, you should consult your builders about the right amount of material you should order, and when to order. Excess material is usually the material wasted, and this is something you are attempting to avoid by going Green, right? Throughout the entire thing, you need to ensure that you reuse all the materials that can be reused. You should also separate the waste properly, and take it to the right recycling and/or disposal locations. This is a complex matter, and if you really want to build green, you need to get into the thick of things, and act from a position of knowledge. Energy Efficiency This is where planning really gets into the forefront and shines. Logistics, electricity management, the choice of appliances and so on, are all very important aspects of being energy efficient during construction. This requires a team of builders that are aware of these issues, and capable of following the rules of the best practices proposed by the authorities in your area. Don’t let all of these things discourage you. Sure, they require more effort, but ultimately, building Green is something that saves you money. The Green philosophy is about being economical with resources, and this is something that you need to keep in mind. There are tons of factors to consider, but the benefits are more than apparent. Cheaper construction, faster construction, a clean site and building as an end result, along with a cleaner and healthier environment - what more could you ask for?
  7. Energy consumption is a constant state of existence for all living beings. From the leaves of a tree converting sunlight into chemical fuel to human super cities consuming coal, hydroelectric discharge, or nuclear power to fuel their massive electrical grids – energy consumption happens as a day to day process in all walks of life. There are green alternatives available, however, that can greatly reduce the impact this consumption has on the environment - especially on a per home basis. Here are 4 green alternatives to common household systems: Solar Energy When considering green alternatives, one of the first things that should come to mind is solar energy. On average, the Earth receives an astonishing 174 Petawatts of incoming solar radiation per day. There are two distinct types of solar energy you can choose from: Active Solar – This system uses panels known as solar collectors and is the more recognizable of the two when discussing solar power. These collectors usually mount on rooftops in a southward facing orientation. The heat generated from these panels can be used to warm living spaces or water supplies. Passive Solar – Material usage such as thermal mass stone and concrete can serve to absorb heat during peak sun hours and released the stored heat into the home during nighttime hours. Also, large plate glass south-facing windows can provide heat during colder months. Geothermal Heating & Cooling This system involves circulating water through underground pipes beneath the home. The water is naturally heated or cooled based on the temperature of the Earth during summer or winter months. This is called a closed loop system, but another alternative would be an open-loop system that makes use of a well. Natural Gas When available, natural gas is always an efficient alternative to electricity, heating oils, and even propane. Natural gas, according to recent Department of Energy estimates, costs approximately 68 percent less than the cost of electricity per British thermal unit (Btu). Plumbing Alternatives By installing more environmentally friendly plumbing units from Imagine Plumbing & Appliance Ltd, an enormous amount of water energy can be conserved. Here are just a few examples of quick plumbing fixes to help lower energy costs: Low-Flush Toilets – Lowers the water usage from 3.5 to 5 gallons for conventional toilets to 1.6 gallons or less. Low-Flow Showerheads – Lowers the water usage from 4.5 gallons per minute for standard heads to 2.5 gallons per minute. Faucet Aerators – Reduces the water used by faucets by as much as 60 percent while still maintaining strong flow cycles per use. In a progressive approach to thwart the negative implications of human energy consumption on the environment, today more than ever, “greener” alternatives are being researched. These green alternatives involve methods of energy production that are environmentally friendly while striving to remain cost effective.
  8. It isn't really necessary to have a green thumb to create green landscaping or to make your renovations more eco-friendly. Landscaping is partly an art and a science. The basic steps to green landscaping are to plan ahead and choose landscapes that endure and also add an eco-friendly element to the final result. Green Landscaping The fundamentals of green landscaping are fairly simple. Start with a complete review of the existing soil, soil moisture, climate and types of plants preferred. If there are a lot of obstructions like tree stumps and large, exposed roots, consider a digging service like Kamloops Septic Service that specializes in hydro excavations. The use of pressurized water to remove roots and rocks is an eco-friendly way of outdoor renovating. The water is clean, safe and won't add chemicals to the local drainage systems. Once all of this debris is removed, review the design of the green landscape plan. Protection from the Elements If the home or building is located in a windy area, it may be necessary to create a wind break using a fence of evergreens, Russian olive shrubs or privet hedges. With this kind of natural wind break you can help reduce soil erosion and water loss as well as create a natural privacy barrier. Consider the Foliage Choose plants that are compatible with the soil. Not all plants like sandy soil, just as not all plants do well in dark loam. When planting wild flowers, trees or shrubs, check with the regulatory compliance authority before planting takes place. Certain types of wild plants may be protected from extinction. Others grow in their natural environment without much encouragement if the soil is compatible. Making Interior Renovations More Eco-Friendly When making renovations inside a home or building, check all of the tags and labels to insure they meet standard environmental compliance. This applies to roofing, flooring and insulating materials. Most paints and wallpapers today are manufactured according to eco-friendly regulations. When renovating or replacing fixtures and piping, check the ratings for these as well. Many of these can be recycled when it's time to replace them. Keep a careful watch on how to recycle older pipes, sheet rock and exterior shingles and roofing materials. When renovating an outdoor driveway, consult with installers to ask if materials like asphalt or cement can be replaced with natural, eco-friendly pavers or stones. The secret to green landscaping is to understand the compatibility between nature's ecological balance and personal choice of plantings that marry perfectly. With the wealth of eco-friendly materials for renovations, it's now possible to go green indoors and out. Most homeowners and building owners enjoy less expense with green landscaping and eco-friendly renovations.
  9. With the rising cost and limited supply of nonrenewable energy sources, many businesses are looking elsewhere to power their buildings. Some companies reduce their carbon footprint by using solar panels; others use windmills to provide their energy needs. Some are turning to more unique and modern energy savers. A busy train station in Stockholm, for example, converts body heat into warm water that is then used to heat a nearby building. This saves them 25 percent on energy costs. Going green, however, isn't just for companies any longer. Consumers like you can take part in the action, cutting energy costs down in the process. Go green with these five modern ideas. Charge Your Devices Using The Sun If you're like the rest of us, you've got a million devices attached to you at once. Problems arise when you're out for an extended period of time and any one of them dies. Solar powered chargers offer a unique way to keep you connected, from cases to covers to water-resistant USB chargers. Some come directly built into the case, while others are mini stand-alone panels. Their use could not be simpler: Find a sunny area, plug in the charger if necessary, face the small solar panel skyward, and let the sun go to work. They are perfect for people who live in a sunny area with little cloud cover. Because of the way they produce electricity, solar cells emit no emissions, waste, or byproducts. Go Hydro If you live near an abundantly-flowing water resource like a river, a microhydropower system may be a good option. Hydroelectric power provides an economic source of energy by converting flowing water into electricity. Run-of-the-river systems, the most common type, have three components that convert water to electricity--a pipeline that delivers the water, a waterwheel that transforms the water into rotational energy, and a generator that converts this energy to electricity. Microhydropower systems are an especially viable option for people who use solar power, providing energy in the winter months when the sun is not readily available. These systems can generate up to 100 kilowatts of energy, providing well more than enough for your home. Tankless Water Heaters Rule Unlike the traditional water heaters that heat water in advance and store it until it is used, tankless heaters heat it on demand. No more running out of hot water in the shower! Some even offer temperature adjustments, convenient for those who are in danger of scalding themselves, such as the elderly or those with nerve damage in the hands. While tankless water heaters are typically more expensive than their counterparts, they are more energy efficient, and pay for themselves relatively quickly. Cut Costs with Modern Insolation A properly insolated home is more comfortable and cheaper to run than one using less quality material, and can also increase air-tightness by 70 percent. First, get an energy audit to see where your leaks are occurring. Properly install your insolation or replace windows, and try to find recycled material that is water-, fire-, and mold-resistant. If you want to know how to make your home more green and save on your next energy bill then you don’t have to look further than the nearest window. New low-e windows can help immensely with heat retention and help cut cost with modern developments. Install a Greywater System A greywater system captures and sterilizes your bath and washing machine water and reuses it for flushing the toilet. Though you must plumb the house in order to install it, the savings make up for the inconvenience. Toilet flushing typically uses 30 percent of your water intake. A greywater system would cut your bill by a third. It's estimated that you'll save around $250 annually. Though solar panels and windmills are often the first things people think of when discussing green energy, they should be far from the last. Try these unique energy-saving ideas and you'll be one step ahead of your neighbors on the energy-efficient bandwagon.
  10. These days we can see a more intense focus on owning and buying products marked as green or environmentally friendly. The popularity of PCs, cars, phones and so on – have been made in such a way that they are energy efficient. It is a good thing that companies are trying to get on to the band wagon but they aren't really getting the whole thing right. Not yet at least. Regardless of this sloppy effort made by large companies and corporations, we can still see a lot of good things that come from environmentally friendly moves made by the general public. If you are thinking about renovating your home and you are just starting to put together your redesign plan, then you might want to consider “greening up” the place a bit. There are tons of reasons to do this and very few valid ones that you can use as an excuse not to do it. An environmentally friendly home is practically a necessity, if you have a newborn in your family or if you are expecting one. Having a green home eliminates a lot of hazards that can harm a baby’s health or the health of a toddler. Going green will also save you money and you will compensate for your investment by reducing your bills significantly. Green homes basically pay for themselves after a while. Energy Conserving energy sources and making sure we spend it rationally helps everybody. Basically, the whole point is to use less energy to resolve all the necessary issues related to energy expenditure around your home. There are more than a few points on which you need to focus in order to make your home energy efficient. Heating – Every family knows that when winter strikes the family budget gets smaller and it is harder to keep everything in line. No matter what type of heating you use, you can’t really say it is cheap. This is why it is important that you prevent energy loss by installing high quality isolation. Electricity – Old appliances like washing machines, water heaters, and old PCs and so on spend more and more energy as time goes one. Also, one of the common energy thieves are old school light bulbs you may be using. Electric devices that have the energy efficient stamp on the package can resolve a lot of issues you may be having and lower your bills. If you have a bit more money to invest, you can even start producing energy in your home. Solar panels are the first thing that comes to mind. Health Depending on the type of material you use, you can run into a lot of problems when it comes to your family’s health. Some materials are hazardous by themselves while others are good breeding places for bacteria and other organic health hazards. If you have children around the house, you need to make sure that any surface they can reach is safe and clean. This also means that it would be smart to avoid chemical house products and switch to green alternatives. It would also be smart to install kitchen and bathroom tiles that do not nurture organic hazards. Mold can be another great problem. If you don’t have good air flow through your home you can run into some major health issues when mold takes its hold over your residence. Mold can also cause structural issues as well as health issues. People with problems with their respiratory system can suffer from humid air a lot more than most people think. They can experience seizures and constant breathing problems. Recycling When redoing their home, most people function under the presumption that they need to buy a lot of new things. This is not the case. You can breathe in new life into your old furniture and use the pieces that are beyond saving for DIY projects. If you have an attic that is full of things you do not use, it would be wise to clean up and donate that which can still have a valid use to charity. Of course, recycling your own thrash goes without saying. I hope I managed to give you a better insight into how you can transform your home into a greener environment. Good luck with your renovating.