Being Green Means:

Try being green around the house without making major changes to your life.

You may hear a lot about the prohibitive costs of green design, retro-fitting your home, or sustainable design. The most important thing to take away is that it doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. Just try some or a few modifications to your daily routine or purchasing to incorporate some green initiatives.

What to Look for:

  • Replace some Light Bulbs: As your incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with CFLs, which are highly efficient.

  • Clean Green: Choose from green certified cleaning products. Baking soda and water can be used for many cleaning projects as can simple vinegar and water.

  • Watch your flow: Pick up a faucet aerator for less than $10. It reduces the amount of water used without affecting pressure and can save about 2 gallons per minute. Take a look at some of our efficient shower heads & water filters.

  • Buy Green Paint: Choose paints that are low VOCs (Volatile organic compounds).

  • Buy Recycled: Whether it's napkins or new place mats. You can also buy used furniture and have items re-upholstered. That saves items from landfills.

  • Buy Quality

  • When in Doubt, Go Natural

What to Avoid:

  • Try to be an informed shopper: Avoid products that use chemicals or ingredients that pose a potential harm, and don't be afraid to ask for a green or organic counterpart of a product you have in mind. Most likely it exists.
  • Excessive packaging

  • Products with unnatural ingredients: If you can't pronounce it, it's probably not good for you.

  • Be a green household leader: Lead by example. If you make an effort to recycle more, purchase organic, or encourage less wastefulness with energy and water.

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