10 Ways for a Cleaner, Greener Home

  1. Kick off your shoes. Avoid tracking in pollutants, pesticides and other unpleasant things by removing your shoes when you come indoors. Designate a storage area for shoes, umbrellas and other outdoor items.
  2. Cut CO2 – and costs. The average American is responsible for 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Reducing your energy use with a programmable thermostat not only curbs CO2, but can cut your utility bill as well.
  3. De-bag your dry cleaning. Remove the plastic bags that cover your freshly dry-cleaned clothes to reduce toxins brought into your home. Better yet, switch to a green dry cleaner.
  4. Shut out allergens. Falling asleep amid the spring breezes seems romantic, until you wake up with a scratchy throat. Close the windows before you head for bed, and if you have allergies, consider installing an air purification or air filtration system.
  5. Select thin-skinned organics. When organically grown fruits and vegetables are more expensive than conventional choices, prioritize your produce shopping by focusing on organic apples, berries, peaches and other thin-skinned items.
  6. Clear the clutter. Start your spring cleaning by pruning your home first. Empty out junk drawers, and clean out closets. Donate unwanted items to charity.
  7. Trade in paper towels. Choose sponges or reusable microfiber cloths for a more eco-friendly spring cleaning.
  8. Hit the shower after digging in. Gardens beckon in spring, but this is prime time for pollination. If you’re outside for a couple of hours, take time to shower and change into fresh clothes to avoid bringing pollen indoors.
  9. Avoid petroleum-based paints. Sources of volatile organic compounds, these paints contribute to poor indoor air quality. Instead, look for paints made with plant oils and resins.
  10. Get exhausted. Use your kitchen’s exhaust fan to remove grease and smoke that can cause dirt and dust to stick. Turn off the fans when they’re no longer needed to avoid wasting energy.

* Source: Lennox Comfort Matters

About Job Cooper

Job Cooper is the third generation of the Wyckoff family to own the business and is the grandson of the founder, Don Wyckoff Sr. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, boating, golfing and spending time with his family.

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