Tips to Get a Greener Home
One should really stop a moment to think about how one could improve one’s living space. I have come upon some good tips on how you can do that.
There are many health hazards
We live in a difficult time. I say this every day. We are warned about radiation, toxins, pesticides, pollution and many more of those harmful things. All this affects our health and one starts feeling helpless. One does not know what to do anymore. Is that really true? Can we, on a personal level, not bring in additional sand corns, as many sand corns make a beach?
I subscribe to many newsletters of doctors and health organizations. Like that, I try to keep up to date. One of these newsletters comes from EWG. They are a dot-org and offer interesting news and valuable tips.
The home guide of EWG
From EWG, I have received a Home Guide to 13 areas where you can make improvements in your own home. Your house should be as “clean” and therefore as healthy as possible. I will tell you a few of their suggestions.
Clean air in your house
Air Filters: When your air filters are not clean and they have absorbed a lot of pollutants from the indoor air, their reentry into the indoor air can be a cause of Asthma, breathing difficulties and even can cause Cancer on the long run. What to look for when choosing an Air Filter.
If your house has a central system take care to use a filter which is rated MERV10 or even higher.
Be on time with the cleaning and also replacing your air filters.
In case you have a portable air filter choose one with a high efficiency or HEPA filter.
If you want a trustworthy list of certified air cleaners, check with the California Air Resource Board.
Babies and elderly people spent more time at home as an adult so they are more affected by unhealthy air. Take care of the air you breathe in your own home, it is the only place under your direct control.
How is the mattress you sleep on?
Mattresses: We spend at least one-third of our life in bed. There is no question that a good nights sleep is needed to wake up refreshed and be able to tackle the day. However, there is a problem most people do not realize. Most mattresses on the market are full of chemicals which pollute the air and therefore are harmful to your body. What can one do about this? Chose a healthy mattress.
It should at least have a 95% certified organic content.
No polyurethane foam
No added chemical flame retardants
Polyurethane foam can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are harmful chemicals which can cause respiratory problems. Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and neither are they good for our immune system. Vinyl covers have been linked to a negative influence on reproductive systems.
If you wish to purchase a latex-based mattress, buy one that is 100 % natural latex. Latex is made from the rubber tree sap. The material is very resistant to mold and dust mites. It also lasts longer than a petroleum-based foam. It is easier to find this kind of mattresses and have a reasonable price. It is advisable to use a zippered dust-proof pillowcase and a cover for your mattress, both of which should be made of cotton. This should be laundered often to avoid dust mites.
Some important thoughts on water
Water. To have clean water is the right of all people. We have to learn not to waste it. There are simple and sensible rules to not forget. To obtain clean water requires energy to pump, treat and heat it. This again increases air pollution which then contributes to Climate Change. I live in the south of Spain and the water reserves are at a minimum because of the lack of rain.
There are many options to save water:
Water-efficient toilets. They use some 20%less water than normal ones. This applies also to faucets and showerheads which should have a WaterSense label. A family with 4 members can save 16,600 gallons of water each year.
Also chose a water-efficient dishwasher and washing machine. Look for the Energy Star label. These machines are between 15 to 40% more efficient. Then only use them when they are full, no need to say this I think.
Do not have the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. Cut the water use considerably when taking a shower. Have the water on all the time but only for rinsing. Some new shower systems allow an instant shut off so you do not have to shut the cold and hot water off, losing your ideal mix for a warm shower. Do not have the water running when doing a couple of dishes, soap and then rinse them. Best thing is to fill the dishwasher completely.
Use these same principles when you wash your car.
These are only 3 areas of the list of 13 tips I got from EWG
If you want to have the total list you can click the EWG link below.
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If you are interested you can read my post on your right to clean water here.