This Summer, Think Green!

From simple home maintenance to daily purchases, greening your lifestyle can translate into a healthier home environment for you and your family.

Refrigerator Greening
Because your refrigerator is where you store your perishable foods, it is important it stays cold which takes a lot of energy. There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your refrigerator is running efficiently. Cover your food to prevent extra moisture inside. Clean your compressor coils annually by moving it away from the wall, unplugging it, and vacuuming the coils so they are free of dust.   Check the seal on the door.

AC check
In anticipation of the hot summer months, some basic checks and maintenance will keep you cool all summer. Have your air conditioner inspected by a certified technician. If your AC unit is outside, make sure it is clear of debris. Change your air filters, and if your air conditioner is older than 10 years, consider purchasing a more energy efficient unit that is Energy Star compliant.

Cleaning out the closet to make way for new summer styles? Donating old clothing to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or your local church rummage sale is a great way to recycle.

Environmentally responsible products
Everyday kitchen items such as vinegar, baking soda, and hot water can be used in a variety of ways that result in a natural clean, or if you prefer to buy products, purchase ones that are manufactured by companies who take the environment into consideration - not only in production but in consumer use as well.