Lately, more and more people are becoming aware of the impact that pollution has on Earth and consequently on people’s health. We are slowly but steadily understanding that we can’t wait for governments to fix pollution problems if we, as individuals, aren’t willing to lift a finger. Today, we are going to give you a few tips for making your home Eco-friendly without investing a lot of money. In the long run, some of these small changes, will protect both the Earth and your family’s health while others will help you save money.
It is very hard to know what type of paint was used to paint the furniture found in most stores. However, we can choose what type of paint we are using the repaint our homes. Ideally, when shopping for paint, you should only focus on VOC free products. Foam mattresses are also hidden dangers in a home, which pack a lot of toxins. Our advice would be to read the latest mattress reviews before investing in a new mattress, and if your budget allows you, to choose only organic mattresses. Some of the 2015 mattress reviews can be very subjective and focus solely on the comfort benefits of these products, but keep in mind that most foam mattresses have polystyrene in their composition. This material releases toxic vapors every time you apply weight on the mattress. Unless you have serious back aches and a limited budget, we advise you to stay away from these types of mattresses. Another way to ensure that your home is toxic free is to conduct mold inspection regularly. Mold can form in wet and dark places, having a negative effect on the quality of the breathable air.
A lot of appliances are marked either with the Energy Star qualification or with A Energy rating. When people buy these appliances, they are under the impression that they consume very little energy, but that is not always the case. An energy qualification only means that a certain appliance consumes less energy than other appliances in its class. In order to be able to closely monitor your home’s energy consumption, the best thing to do is install meters on all of your plugs. This way, you will see exactly how much energy certain devices consume, so that you can limit the use of those devices, at least when you don’t need them.
When you live in a big city, these is no way to escape pollution. The only thing that you can do, is lower the levels of pollution within your home. The traditional way of accomplishing this purpose would be to buy a lot of indoor plants. However, plants take space and require constant care so, a lot of people turn to air purifiers. Unfortunately, a lot of air purifiers release ozone as a byproduct of the purification process. However, if you do a little research, you will see that there are a few green air purifiers on the market, which use actual plants in order to clean the air of pollution. These devices work by enhancing the purifying properties of plants by 100%.
We are well aware of the fact that tap water is not safe to drink. However, few people realize how the contaminants found in tap water affect us, even if we don’t drink the water. They infiltrate our pores, they are absorbed by the fruit and vegetable that we eat and they even affect the taste of our food. Moreover, high levels of chlorine (this being the most common water contaminant) can lead to dry skin, dry hair and even skin itchiness. Therefore, even if you only drink bottled water, you are still not safe from water contaminants. The only viable solution for this problem is a water filter system. A whole house water filter would be the best approach, but if you can’t afford that, even a countertop system can make a huge difference.