GO GREEN IN A WEEK!
So you aren't ready to gut your house and completely remodel but you'd like to give your home a green makeover? You can make any home more environmentally friendly in as little as a week! It may not be a full green make over but there are things you can do that will make your house more eco friendly and it doesn't have to take all that much time or money, in fact it will save you money in the long run. Here's how to get started.
Go low or no VOC with your paint. A quick coat of paint can give you a new fresh look but forget the smell or the toxins found in traditional paints. By using no or low VOC paints, like those from Olympic you still have all the hottest colors to choose from without the worry. Most of these paints can be found at your local hardware store or Lowe's and Home Depot.
Change your cleaning products. The products we use everyday have a big impact on the environment. Typical cleaning products are full of ingredients with negative environmental impact. According to natural cleaning product manufacturer Seventh Generation, if every household in the United States just replaced one 25 ounce bottle of petroleum based dish detergent with a plant based product we could save 81,000 gallon barrels of oil. We would also keep a whole lot of harmful chemicals out of our home and the environment while we are at it.
Watch that water. Water shortages are affecting more and more people everyday. Most households use over 260 gallons of water a day. Changing fixtures such as showerheads and faucets with low flow versions can save 45 gallons of water a day, conserving a precious resource and saving you money.
Use a rainbarrel to help with outdoor irrigation. A rain barrel can collect run off water that can be used to irrigate your lawn. Today's rain barrels can go from basic to looking like they are pottery or a piece of art so you can choose one that best blends into the look of your home.
Cut down or stop using pesticides entirely. They not only kill bugs but can harm other organisms and can even leach into ground water. The chemicals that kill the bugs can also have negative effects on our health. Try working with plants that deter bugs in your garden. If you do get an infestation, check out natural pest control products or home grown recipes such as making a soapy water solution and spraying it on plants.
All of these suggestions are simple, quick, easy and green. So go for it, make small changes to bring some green into your home. Be sure and check our green easy tips and also our Green Home Make-Over TV clips!
Green Rides Part 1
Some of the hottest cars on the market are green! The Tesla and the new Jaguar hybrid are some of the most exciting, sleek and sexy new green vehicles.
Green Rides Part 2
In Part 2 Michelle shows you the amazing plug in hybrid the GM Volt. The Toyota Prius is hotter than ever with new models that get even better mileage!
Green Home Make-Over Part 1
Going green? In this three part series, Michelle will show you how turn any home into a green home using the latest eco friendly materials and furnishings. In Part 1, Michelle shows you why bamboo is becoming a stylish and sustainable alternative for flooring and furnishings. This segment also shows works of art made from recycled materials by Purvis Young and also the work of Michele Leah, the Raw Artist. Actor Ed Begley, Jr. even shows you how to generate your own energy.
Green Home Make-Over Part 2
Wow! Are you ready? In Part 2 of our Green Home Make-Over, Michelle shows you everything from dishware made from recycled sea glass, organic linens and bedding, zen-style clocks, stylish lighting and home accessories made from recycled materials, even counter tops made from recycled glass and space age touchless faucets that help you conserve water! Whew!
Green Home Make-Over Part 3
Chill out! In Part 3 of our Green Home Make-Over we show you how to simplify and get organized to create a sense of well being. Michelle will help you make your home eco-friendly and clutter free!
Green Home Make-Over Part 4
Keeping your house green is important, inside and out. In Part 4 we will see easy tips to keep your outdoor areas beautiful and healthy for you and the environment.
Eat your veggies and grow them! Love fresh vegetable? Now you can get fresh picked organic produce right in your own back yard.
Walking on Recycled Glass - Looking for a greener alternative to granite countertops? For our green home makeover we researched a lot of interesting products and more are coming available every day. We chose the EnviroSLAB countertops from EnviroGLAS. These countertops made from old glass bottles are absolutely beautiful and work with traditional and contemporary designs. www.enviroglasproducts.com
Plates With Purpose - We are always getting comments about our artistic dishware from Riverside Designs. These beautiful and functional dishes are made entirely from post-industrial recycled glass. With unusual shapes and modern design, this is dishware for the modern organic home. Check them out in our Green Home TV clips. www.riversidedesigns.com
Solar Fountains - So you've got your solar panels on the roof. Now what? These cool solar powered fountains from Specialty Living, Inc create a soothing atmosphere with the gentle sound of flowing water. They come complete with the solar pump and panel enabling you to create an instant water feature anywhere. www.kineticfountains.com
Do You Know What's In That Couch? Dangerous VOC's (volatile organic compounds) are lurking in particle board, paint, carpeting and most mass-produced furniture. Formaldehyde, an EPA registered carcinogen is a VOC often found in particle board and furniture and are outgassing into your home. Look for furniture made from solid and sustainable materials instead of MDF or particle board. Furniture manufacturers are becoming hip to using sustainable materials. One of my favorites is Environment Furniture who uses all reclaimed wood. Be sure and ask what your furniture is made of. Wholesale Furniture Brokers distributes many contemporary styles of furniture made from materials that do not contain VOCs. www.GoWFB.com