Easy Ways to Have a Healthier, Greener Home in 2017
Most of us like the most resolutions at the start of a new year. It’s a time to be rejuvenated and refocused on our objectives. It’s also a time when many of us look at our homes to find places where we can get organised, live a more streamlined, simplified life, and in many cases also identify places in our homes where we can make changes for better health and to be more eco-friendly.
If you want a healthier, greener lifestyle, the best places to start is at home, and it doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive to do that.
Below are some things you can consider that will make for a healthier and more eco-friendly home this year.
Get an Energy Audit
It’s hard to know how you can make improvements toward a more energy efficient home without knowing where problems exist, which can serve as a baseline for determining how to make improvements.
A good way to get a clear view of the energy you use and what you’re wasting is to schedule an energy audit.
A professional energy audit will use things like infrared imaging to see where your home is potentially wasting energy, and you’ll then get customised recommendations as to ways you can lower your energy bills without sacrificing your comfort.
Swap Out Chemical Cleaners
If you’re still relying on old chemical cleaners in your home, it’s time to swap them out. Opt instead for something plant-based and all-natural, or make your own using items such as lemon or vinegar.
Chemical-based household cleaners are bad for both the environment and the health of your family, yet it’s such an easy change to make if you get rid of them.
Consider Exterior Blinds
Exterior blinds can be an excellent investment for your home for multiple reasons. First and foremost, they help reduce the amount of energy and money you use to heat and cool your home.
Exterior blinds can also protect your furniture against the sun’s damaging UV rays, and they reduce glare without eliminating your view of the outdoors.
Start an Organic Garden
Make 2017 the year you finally achieve your goal of starting your own garden, even if it’s a small one. There are so many benefits to starting your own garden, including the fact that you’ll have access to fresh, healthy and delicious vegetables.
When you have your own garden, you can avoid exposure to pesticides and chemicals used to grow food commercially, which can have adverse health effects.
Filtered Tap Water
Many experts believe that filtered tap water is even safer and healthier than bottled water, which often contains contaminants and chemicals similar to what’s found in unfiltered tap water.
You can save money, reduce your waste and drink healthier water by using a filtration system in your home.
A pitcher may do the trick, or you can add a filtration system directly to your faucet, and other than changing the filters on a regular basis, there’s really not a lot of time or money that goes into the process, but the rewards can be significant.
The start of this new year is an ideal time to make small strides toward a healthier, happier life.