There are plenty of large scale changes you can make to create a more eco-friendly home, but sometimes it can be challenging to make them. By starting small, you can make your home more green -- all while seeing the effects on a daily basis. Here are five painless adjustments you can make right now:
1. Household Cleaners
By changing to more eco-friendly household cleaners, you can reduce air pollution (both inside and outside), minimize exposure to allergens and potentially dangerous chemicals, and reduce asthma. We recommend looking for plant-based cleaners.
By adding or improving upon your insulation, you prevent "leaky" air ducts, windows, doors, and walls. Ultimately, this can improve your home's energy efficiency (as well as reducing your energy bills). Be sure to read more about energy audits and their benefits. If you're unable to redo insulation, you may try thermal shades (retaining heat in winter, blocking sun in summer).
3. Remove Your Shoes
It's simple, but leaving your shoes at the door makes your home cleaner and more green. By taking them off, you prevent outside materials like pesticides and other chemicals from being tracked all over your home.
4. Pots and Pans
Believe it or not, the pots and pans you decide to cook in can impact the quality of your food and health. Non-stick pans can be harmful if the surface is scratched into your food. Go for cast iron, enamel coated cast iron, and stainless steel -- they're the safest choices.
5. Consider Going Meatless (Once Per Week)
Going meatless once per week can have the same long term effects as driving a hybrid car. The meat we eat comes from eating livestock, which produce a large quantity of greenhouse gases, so cutting back actually makes a huge difference.
If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page. You can also find out more about green remodeling on our website.