10 Easy Ways to Go Green in Your Home!

recycle at homeCreate a greener, cleaner nest to live in! Going green in your home isn’t as challenging as you might think – or as costly. Making your home more environmental-friendly is wise for the earth, your budget, and, of course, your health. Try these small changes to make a huge difference!

1. Chill Out – Adjust how you cool your home during the spring and summer months. If your thermostat is programmable, set it to cool at a warmer temperature while you are at work. Closing the shades helps to keep heat out and decrease the amount of cooling needed. Think also about turning the air conditioning completely off and only running it when you are home. You’ll save both energy and money! If the weather is nice enough, open the windows and enjoy the natural breeze and fresh air. Also, make use of those ceiling fans before you resort to turning on the air conditioning.

2. Light Right – Switch to eco-friendly florescent light bulbs. They aren’t much more expensive than other light bulbs, but they usually last much longer and cost far less to power! When they burn out, dispose of them at a recycling center. During the day, soak up the natural light by opening your blinds. On sunny summer days, you won’t even need to flip the light switch on!

3. Waste No Water – Take shorter showers and remember to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or while shaving. Outside, use a pool cover when the pool isn’t in use. This keeps the water cleaner so less filtration or chemicals are needed. It also prevents the water from evaporating from the pool and needing to be refilled.

4. Turn It Off Switch off the lights when you leave a room. The same goes for the television. When you put your computer away for the day, turn it completely off. Even when it’s in “sleep mode,” it’s still using energy. Unplug unused appliances and chargers, too. Save some money on that electrical bill!

5. Go Paperless Don’t waste paper when it isn’t necessary. One easy way is to start paying your bills online. It is way more convenient – and green! Try to print only things that must be printed and use both sides. Remember to recycle it afterwards instead of throwing it in the waste bin.

6. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – Before throwing anything away, ask yourself if it can be recycled! If you aren’t sure, look it up. Most things can be recycled curbside at your home. Make a recycling sorting center for your family to put plastics, glass, and paper accordingly. It will be something you can feel good about and will become a habit in no time! For things like electronics and batteries, drop them off at your local recycling centers.

7. Eat Fresh – If your yard has room for a garden, think about planting your own vegetables or a simple herb garden. It’s a fun and easy way to make your meals greener and more delicious! With the warm months ahead, visit your local farmers market to buy your groceries. You can find fresh produce like just-picked berries that likely were grown with fewer chemicals. Explore all the fun fruits and veggies that are in season!

8. Clean Green- Make your own household cleaners instead of spending money on chemical products from the store. Use plain white vinegar in a spray bottle to clean your countertops. Baking soda can be used instead of bleach to clean the bathroom tub, toilet, and sink. One of the best perks of green cleaning is that it’s nontoxic, so it’s safe for humans and pets!

9. Drink Responsibly – Drink from a reusable water bottle and stop buying plastic disposable water bottles. If filtration is important to you, there are water bottles that have built-in filtration systems or purchase a filtering pitcher to easily fill up your water bottle or a glass at home. It might seem like a hassle at first, but you’ll make a huge impact!

10. Switch to Reusable – When having dinner, use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. Also, choose a reusable rag over disposable paper towels. At U.S. Wiping, we have plenty of reusable option to choose from, including rags, towels, napkins, and more. You can check out the entire selection at www.uswiping.com.

A cleaner world can start right in your home! Call us at (314) 421-3311 or (800) 279-2051 to get started today!

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