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Go Greener: 5 Tips for a Green Home You Might Have Missed


| 7/6/2017 12:35:00 PM


According to the EPA, 80 percent of Americans' exposure to pesticides occurs indoors and up to a dozen measurable pesticides are detectable in the air within a home. An average family household in the U.S. has the potential to pollute their home and environment simply through the products that they use, Redfin says. It's no longer enough to just recycle; in order to maintain a truly green home, you have to dig a little deeper. To live a healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyle, homeowners must assess their homes with a keen, "green" eye and make eco-friendly choices in all areas of their lives. Here are five ways to go greener.

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Avoid High-VOC Products

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. When people use products containing VOC, they expose themselves and others to high levels of pollutants. VOC cause respiratory irritation, headaches, skin rashes, nausea, among other ailments. Use low-VOC or VOC-free cleaning products and paints in your home and check the following products for VOCs:

Pesticides
• Paints and solvents
• Aerosol sprays
• Cleansers
• Disinfectants
• Air fresheners
• Automotive products

Choose "Certified" Coffee

Though a small act, you take a big step toward supporting sustainability when you choose to brew only coffee with the USDA Certified Organic label. This label means that the coffee was grown using sustainable standards, and is therefore considerate of and compliant with the environment.



Go Greener by Planting More Green

It's easy to become so focused on the inside, that you overlook the immediate exterior. Planting trees around your house, specifically on the west and south sides can decrease your heating and cooling expenses. Combine that with placing trees strategically to shade the AC unit and your household will save $250 annually, Good Housekeeping says.



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