here are some tips to help anyone make their home or office more eco-friendly

By Kathy Fediw, LEED AP, CLP, CLT | April 20, 2011 | topics: Eco-friendly Tips

Here are some tips about how anyone can make their office or home more eco-friendly:

  • Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL’s.)  I am totally sold on these little babies.  We were replacing the incandescent light bulbs for our driveway every month, then switched to CLF’s.  We are now on our tenth month and they are still going strong, and they use way less energy.  This is a no-brainer and I’ll predict that incandescents will soon go the way of vinyl records and videotapes.
  • Use recycled paper.  It costs the same or just slightly more than regular paper and has the same look and feel.  And while you’re at it, recycle all that paper sitting in your wastebasket right now.  Better yet, do you really need to write it down or print it out?  If you hate filing like I do, just keep everything nice and organized on your computer and do away with filing folders and cabinets.
  • Do everything in one trip.  Some of you may remember the oil shortage of the 1980’s when you could only fill up your gas tank on certain days of the week.  We all learned to combine our errands into one trip.  Not only will you save fuel and decrease harmful emissions, you’ll also save time!
  • Use phosphate-free soaps and detergents.  Phosphates encourage algae growth in our water supplies, lakes and streams, which can build up and suffocate fish and other aquatic life.
  • Make it your goal to have a plant in every room.  Research is still being conducted, but most agree that one plant per 100 square feet of living or office space will clean the air of harmful volatile organic compounds, given off by particle board, carpet, glues and a host of other building components.  Better yet, plants actually break down these gases into harmless compounds that they then use for food.  No man-made filtration system can do that!

For more information on the many benefits of indoor plants, go to www.greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org