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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 8/25/2019

When it comes to improving the home, most people tend to focus on high-end amenities. While this may make your home look luxurious, it does not boost home value so much. As a homeowner, when improving your home, you should have an eye on increasing its worth. One of the ways to achieve that is by going "Green."

Contrary to popular belief, making your home green won't cost you an arm and a leg, and it is affordable and relatively simple to attain. Having a green home makes it more healthy to live in and also contributes to an eco-friendlier planet. Here are some easy home improvement tips to make your home green and healthy:

Insulate

Adding insulation to your home can improve energy efficiency. Even in a new home, you can cut out the energy cost by boosting up your insulation. One of the most comfortable places to add insulation in the attic; however, loose-fill insulation can be installed on the walls without going for a costly renovation.

Use low flow

Switch the kitchen and bathroom fixtures to low-flow options. Taking this simple step will save a lot on water and heating bills.

Smart flooring

Rather than using carpet, you can use bamboo, cork or recycled woods for your home flooring.

Replace your light bulbs

Switching your incandescent bulb to energy-efficient LED light bulbs will consume 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. 

Add some plants

To complete the list, add some plants to your home. Plants are not just for decoration the will help purify the air in your home.

Seal air leaks

Another easy way to make your home green and healthy is by sealing up crack windows to prevent air from escaping. Sealing can be carried outdone either with weather caulk or stripping.

Filter your tap water

If you drink tap water directly from the sink, it is best you get a water filter to make sure your water is not contaminated. Even though local water companies filter tap water, the water is still not free from contaminants. Attaching a filter to your faucet or fridge will get rid of these contaminants.

More windows

You can add more windows to bring in natural light into your home. This reasonable step will save you a significant sum of money on electrical bulbs. If you have a big budget, you can double glaze the reduce to make it sound proof. 

Making these easy changes will prevent you home efficient as well as prevent you from falling sick. If you want to know which to do first, talk to your real estate agent about the most popular “Green Home” options in your neighborhood.




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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 10/2/2016

Not only do plants make a beautiful addition to your homes décor but they are also beneficial in oxidizing and refreshing the air you breathe. Oxygen producing plants can be used to both produce oxygen as well as remove harmful chemicals in the air. Not only do plants clean the air we breathe but they also have been proven to reduce our heart rate and blood pressure and reduce muscle tension related to stress. There are so many different plants that you can bring into your home to help clean the air. Here is a list of just a few. A popular clean air plant that removes toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene, exylene and toluene from the air is Warneck Dracena. Another good air cleaning plant that is easy to take care of is the Peace Lilly. The Money Plant releases oxygen in the air while removing formaldehyde, this is commonly released by cigarette smoke and adhesives with wood furnishings. The Snake plant also known as Mother-in-Laws Tongue converts CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) at night making it an ideal bedroom plant. Other plants to try are Philodendron, English Ivy, or a Spider Plant. While the plants are busy purifying the air in your home, they also provide a therapeutic effect with their color green. The color green has a soothing green effect and helps people to feel at ease. Here is a quote from plantforlife.info “It may sound surprising but as little as 2 or 3 minutes in the company of plants and trees or natural environments can be enough to provide measurable stress relief!" What a small investment for something that can bring so much beauty and health to your home.




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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 7/24/2016

White distilled vinegar is effective for killing most mold, bacteria and germs due to it's high level of acidity. Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that is made from the fermentation of sugars and starches. White vinegar has so many different uses in the home; it is considered the “miracle cleaner”. It is pocketbook friendly, all natural, safe for pets and nontoxic. Why would you use anything else? It is a good idea to purchase two empty spray bottles, keep one full with pure white vinegar and the other with half water and half vinegar. This just makes it easier to dispense and have on hand at all times. A person can work wonders cleaning their home naturally just armed with vinegar and water. There are so many different uses for white vinegar in your home. Here are just a few ideas. Vinegar mixed with water is an excellent cleaner for all kitchen surfaces like counter tops, refrigerators and stove tops. To shine chrome fixtures simply make a paste of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white vinegar. To clean wooden cutting boards simply just wipe with vinegar. Clean refrigerator shelves with a solution of ½ white vinegar and water. Did you know that soaking fruit and vegetables in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water can remove up to 98% bacteria? Soak fruit and vegetables for at least 10 minutes then rinse to get best results. Vinegar is also useful in the laundry. To decrease lint in laundry add ½ cup straight white vinegar to rinse cycle. To make your bright’s brighter add ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle. If you have pets white vinegar is a good solution to have in house. If your dog has the mishap of getting sprayed by a skunk, use dilution of vinegar and water, rub dog’s fur then rinse with warm water. Repeat a couple times. To keep dogs from scratching their ears rub them with a cloth diluted with vinegar and water. Vinegar is so versatile in the home. You do not have to worry about the vinegar smell remaining after you use it because the smell dissipates after it dries. So, for people who believe in living green and healthy, white vinegar is a must have in the pantry closet.







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