We all search for ways to make our homes a little more comfortable and healthier for our families while being aware of our impacts on the planet. There are many simple ways to reduce our carbon footprints that also save money as well. Here are 5 super simple ways to make your home a little greener.

  • Organize a carpool. Not only will taking turns bringing kids to ballet or getting to work save you money at the gas station, it will reduce your environmental impact. Less time using your car equals lower fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. And an added bonus? You’ll get to know co-workers or your kid’s friend’s parents a little better.
  • Encourage your family to leave their shoes at the door. Create a spot for shoes to stay when your family enters the house. This simple habit makes sure dirt, pesticides and other things you don’t want all over your home aren’t tracked inside. This Old House’s website explains when you’re not tracking dirt around your home means “fewer pathogens that cause disease and less chemical cleanup. It will also mean improved indoor air quality, since dirt embedded in a carpet can become airborne when it’s tromped on or agitated by a vacuum.”
  • Don’t throw away useful items. The next time you decide to declutter, be sure your useful items don’t end up in your local landfill. Give your items to a friend who needs them or donate them to a local thrift store. There are also many charities that are happy to come to your home and pick up your donations.
  • Avoid products that have “fragrance” listed as an ingredient. Fragrances in cleaning products and personal care items can contain chemicals that are harmful to our bodies and to the environment. Want to learn more? Visit the Environmental Working Group at ewg.org to find out more about the “fragrance loophole” in our federal labeling laws.
  • Use less water. Turn the faucet off when you brush your teeth. Only run full loads of dishes or clothing. Take a short shower. Landscape with drought tolerant, native plants. Use less water whenever possible which will help the environment and save you money on your water bill. For more great ways to conserve water, visit WaterUseItWisely.com.