Make Your Home More Green With These Tips

The United States makes up less than 5% of the Earth’s population. Yet, somehow, its people consume over 30% of the planet’s resources!

 

The planet is in the middle of mass extinction, air pollution is high, and the ocean is warming rapidly. It’s up to all of us to make significant changes in the way we live in order to help our planet and protect its inhabitants. Here are some fast and easy ways you can make a positive change.

Reducing Your Carbon Emissions

The easiest way to reduce your carbon emissions is to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home. Examine your electric bill in order to see how many kWh of electricity your home uses. Review your natural gas bill, as well, to see how much gas your home is using monthly. Many utility companies offer the option to derive your electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind farms. While this may mean that your electric service will be slightly more expensive, the use of renewable electric supply will help offset your carbon emissions.

You can also ask your energy provider for suggestions on other ways to reduce the kWh your home consumes. They may suggest investing in high-efficiency lighting sources, as an example. They may also suggest that you compare electricity plans that they provide. As the energy market becomes more interested in sustainability, you’ll find that suppliers will offer more energy choices. If you find that you’re using quite a bit of natural gas, investigate a programmable thermostat to turn down the heat at predetermined times of the day. You can also turn down your water heater to reduce the amount of natural gas you use. Lastly, when buying new appliances, make sure you’re finding products that have an Energy Star symbol on them.

The Green Kitchen

The kitchen is a high-impact room in your house. Think of all the single-use plastic that’s used in your kitchen every day. From Ziploc bags to plastic wrap to dishwashing liquid, there are so many things you can replace in your kitchen to reduce your environmental impact. Opt for reusable silicon bags instead of Ziplocs. Beeswax food wraps can be used instead of plastic wrap to protect your food in the fridge. Upcycled floursack cloths can be used to replace paper towels in your home, too! These little changes can make a huge difference.

An Eco-Friendly Nursery

If you’re expecting a little one, you have a great opportunity to create an eco-friendly nursery! For the room’s furniture, buy second hand. You’d be surprised what a new coat of paint can do! Consider using linens instead of traditional diapers. Disposable diapers clog up landfills and due to their plastic composition, take a lifetime to deteriorate. A reusable diaper is the best bet for sensitive skin and for the environment. If you’re worried your washer won’t be able to handle your baby’s waste, you can always pre-rinse them with a diaper sprayer. At that point, your washer will only have to take care of the remaining residue.

Earth Conscious Laundry

Laundry creates all kinds of environmental gunk. Standard dryer sheets are full of toxic chemicals and they take years and years to decompose in landfills. Detergent jugs are recyclable, but preparing them for recycling is time-consuming and consumers rarely follow through on what they need to do. Plus, laundry detergent, whether it’s powder detergent, laundry pods, or liquid detergent, frequently contains toxic chemicals that can cause itchy skin and allergic reactions. The parabens, phosphates, and dyes in laundry detergents can damage your clothes over time! Instead, opt for detergent sheets made by Tru Earth Eco-Strips.

These ingenious detergent sheets don’t contain parabens, phosphates, dioxane, dyes, or chlorine bleach. Instead, a laundry detergent sheet uses coconut oil extract and soy-derived components to clean your clothes. Tru Earth Eco-Strips’s detergent sheets produce a gentle lather that cuts through grime and fights stains without using any unnecessary toxic ingredients. Eco-strips are a cost-effective way to decrease the environmental impact of your weekly load of laundry. Plus, with an ingredient like coconut oil, you won’t be sacrificing any cleaning power. Ditch today’s leading-brand liquid detergent for Tru Earth Eco-Strips. You can also reduce the environmental repercussions of your laundry loads by investing in a high-efficiency washer. This kind of washer uses less water than standard washers. Instead, they recirculate water, saving energy and water. High-efficiency washing machines also require specific laundry products. Once again, eco-strips are a great choice over traditional soaps.

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Spotlight on Stellar Air – Decorative Magnetic Vent Covers for Your Home that Look so Beautiful!

The decorative vent covers from Stellar Air are the perfect addition to your home! Not only are they super practical and useful, but they are also magnetic! Which means no clips, screws, or trouble!

 

A magnetic decorative air vent cover by Stellar Air!

When it comes to covering up vents in your home, there is no better way to do it than with stylish magnetic vent covers. We are pleased to partner with Stellar Air, a company that specializes in manufacturing air vent covers using laser etching machines and CNC routers for commercial use as well as for homeowners. The purpose of decorative air intake covers is to replace unattractive exhaust fan covers in just about any living space. If you are looking to swap out those tired and unstylish looking vent covers you received when you first purchased your home, Stellar Air is the way to go!

Stellar Air decorative vent covers add a unique touch of design to any hallway, living room, or space in your home or office. The fact that they are intricately laser etched in birch wood with gorgeous designs make these vent covers look like works of art!

Stellar Air’s magnetic vent cover installed on the ceiling in the kitchen.

They can be installed on your floor, wall, and even ceiling, and can also be painted and stained to your liking! The best part is that they attach magnetically to the interior metal box frame included on all standard HVAC returns. Professional grade pull-force magnets are attached to the back panel of every cover so it will snap into place with the metal frame box included with the vent. This makes filter replacement much easier every month.

This means all you need to do is clip your beautiful new vent cover over your existing one! No need to call in a handy man, and absolutely no screws, clips, levers, and other trouble! Stellar Air decorative vent covers snap into place in seconds and can be removed in seconds, making this home upgrade definitely one of the easiest!

Stellar Air’s vent cover helped save a previous air vent eyesore that was under this staircase!

With three frame styles to choose from and 11 different designs, it’s easy to choose a look that suits your homes decorating style. The most popular designs are the Moroccan, Leaves, and Arabic. There are also the Industrial and the cubes designs, which look super modern and are a favorite among interior designers and contractors.

Another thing we love about this company is first of all they produce high quality vent covers that look like a super expensive, custom home upgrade. Second of all, they are a family owned husband and wife team and also a woman owned business! Thirdly, all of their vent covers are made exclusively and proudly in the USA! It’s so important for us today especially during these uneasy times to support small family owned businesses as much as we can. It’s also a known fact that products made in the USA easily surpass products made overseas in terms of quality, durability, and they also have much better style!

A before an after image using Stellar Air’s beautiful magnetic vent cover!

Stellar Air decorative vent covers are definitely something to watch out for in 2021! They can transform the look of any room in seconds. Not only do they add a decorative touch, they also improve the air quality with an open design that allows air to travel directly to the filter. If you have a moisture prone area, Stellar Air also provides acrylic and metal versions for high traffic areas. They also offer customization for other design request and unique sizing or installation requirements.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Stellar Air’s website to purchase and don’t forget to check out their Facebook page and Instagram to take a look at some customer photos, you will be stunned by how beautiful it can really make your home!

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