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Thinking Green: How to Maintain Your Home Without Impacting the Environment

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Thinking Green: How to Maintain Your Home Without Impacting the Environment

The arrival of spring brings new ideas of projects and to-do lists around the house, such as cleaning gutters, landscaping, and pressure washing. Many of these maintenance projects have environmentally-friendly alternatives. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling on thinking up environmentally-friendly ways to maintain your house.

Energy Efficiency

The first thing we should address when discussing environmentally-friendly homes is energy efficiency. You are probably already doing some things to cut down on your energy impact, such as using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). These lights are easy to find in stores, use less energy, and have a longer life cycle than traditional bulbs. With summer around the corner, the air conditioners are going to be running full blast again (if they aren't already). Another way to maintain an energy efficiaent home, and also a good project to do in spring, is to check your insulation. The correct amount of insulation will allow the house to maintain consistent temperatures easily. Not only will this cut down your electricity bill, but it will cut down on the amount of energy your house is using to run the AC.

Green Pest Control

All homeowners at one point or another have to break down and call a pest control service. Unlike pest control companies that use pesticides and poisons, there are several green pest control companies nationwide and locally who are certified by the Green Shield program, which is the first national program to hold stringent prevention-based standards and regulations. For small infestations or basic prevention, DIY solutions will work just as well and cheaper than a pest control service. Diatomaceous earth and boric acid will deter cockroaches and kill ant beds. Regularly cleaning and maintaining your home and yard will keep down the pests as well.

Green Pool Cleaning

Chlorine and other chemicals have long been used to keep pools clean, but many pool owners are finding alternative ways to reduce chemical usage. Salt water systems have become very popular in lieu of chlorine systems. Also, robotic pool cleaners can clean up any debris that falls in. If you don’t have time to personally clean up your pool, there may be local green pool cleaning services that can give your pool a deep clean.

With spring arriving and summer around the corner, there are a lot of house projects already on the to-do list. Finding green ways of doing them will greatly reduce your impact on the environment. Hopefully, these ideas will get you started!

Featured image courtesy of Arete Pest Control.

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