Maintaining a Healthy and Environmentally-Friendly Home
Making environmentally-friendly choices for your family and your home can also translate into healthy choices. From eating local to getting indoor plants, there are many ways that you can be happy and comfortable in your home year round.
1. Eat local, or plant your own food.
Eating local is great for your health and the planet’s health. Local food tends to have more nutrients since it ripens naturally, and food that travels long distances is often picked before it’s ripe. Local food means less greenhouse gas emissions, as it travels shorter distances and is often farmed in a more sustainable way. Similarly, you can consider starting your own at-home garden to plant your own food.
2. Get indoor plants.
Indoor plants can increase the air quality in your home, as they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They also have positive effects on mental health and general well-being indoors.
3. Use non-toxic cleaners, or make your own.
Store-bought cleaning solutions can be highly toxic and full of chemicals. The off-gassing of these chemical products can also have negative effects on your health. Make the switch to non-toxic cleaners, or make your own.
4. Dispose of waste, especially hazardous waste, safely.
Utilize community collection days or transfer stations for hazardous waste, such as fluorescent bulbs and mercury thermometers. Many towns or communities offer programs for disposing of hazardous waste safely as well.
5. Use appliances efficiently.
Appliances can be a drain on electricity bills. Only run the dishwasher when it is full, and don’t use it if you don’t need to. Use cold water to wash your clothes because hot water uses much more energy to heat the water. You can also consider making upgrades on your existing appliances through Mass Save.
6. Get a home energy assessment.
Home energy assessments can help identify how to make your home more comfortable and environmentally-friendly. No-cost home energy assessments are available through Mass Save.