Greening Your Home – A cheesy inaugural post / St. Patty’s Day homage

I don’t own a lot of green clothing. Teal? Yes. Green? No. So I wore a green necklace, picked up some fresh green food from a great local farm and decided I’d post some wisdom from some folks who could help us “Green” our homes!

Amy Merli, who is the founder of the incredible, in-its-5th-year Trashion Fashion Show, gave me a few clever ideas:

  • “You can kitchen compost using jars” (We use old coffee tins)
  • “Put more plants in your home for air filtration” (that’s means you, asthmatics!)
  • “Use nontoxic cleaners such as vinegar” (I love this one! It gets the grease off of everything.)
  • “You can start your own herb garden on a sunny windowsill. Once you’ve grown them, you can dry them and keep them in jars.”

Leesa Freeman, who is a local author, a mom and an overall eco-conscious warrior, suggested a couple:

  • “Leaky windows – Older homes tend to have older, inefficient windows. If replacing the windows is too cost-prohibitive, a window insulation kit can save your electric bill. Use the enclosed double-sided tape to attach the plastic sheeting around windows and shrink with a blow-dryer. Voila! Instantly warmer windows.” (So true. My dad’s been doing this for years!)
  • “Programmable thermostats –  If your family isn’t home most of the day, there’s really no reason to heat or cool the house for just the cat. (Yes, I love mine, too, that isn’t the point, though.) A programmable thermostat allows you to run your heater/air conditioner when you need it, and adjust the temp up or down when you don’t, without worrying about forgetting to change it when you are rushing out the door in the morning.” (That’s a great point! My cats are spoiled anyway!)

Finally, I asked Nicholas Meister, who runs a company called Potential Energy, LLC and always has great ideas for energy savings.

  • “When buying CFL bulbs, look for the highest lumens-per-watt ratio. Lumens measure the amount of light a bulb gives off, while watts measure how much energy a bulb uses. A typical lumens-per-watt ratio for a fluorescent bulb is 60:1. This compares to only 15:1 for an incandescent bulb.”
  • “Redirect the gutter downspouts 5 – 10 feet away from the foundation’s perimeter to reduce the amount of humidity absorbed through the foundation into your basement. This will help reduce the electric consumption of your home’s dehumidifier.”

Remember, even if you can implement just a couple of these, you’re making a difference in your home, your budget, and the earth.
Go green!!
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