The Eco-Friendly Guide to Cleaning your Home [Infographic]

Every day, homeowners and landlords use a wide variety of cleaning products to spray, scrub, buff and polish our properties in the efforts of creating a cleaner, safer and welcoming environment within which to live and work. Unfortunately, whilst these cleaning agents may leave our homes looking sparkling on the surface, it can be shocking when you scratch the veneer and unearth the detrimental impact these cleaning agents can have on your health and the environment as a whole.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air due to the accumulation of volatile organic compound (VOC) levels caused by chemical cleaning agents. Moreover, every year over 100,000 marine lives are killed as a direct result of the plastic packaging pollution related to commercial cleaning products. Combine these numbers with the additional marine and animal fatalities caused by toxic pollution (when synthetic cleaning chemicals enter our natural waterways) and the result is a dramatic decrease in wildlife numbers and the degrading function of local, national and global ecosystems.

Despite these dire circumstances, there are several steps which homeowners and landlords alike can implement to improve their health and to safeguard the environment for the future. Using eco-friendly cleaning agents within your home can improve air quality, reduce your personal carbon footprint and inspire others to adopt environmentally conscious cleaning practices. To help you do so EP Cleaners have created an extensive resource, which will equip you with everything you need to know in order to clean your home in an efficient, affordable, and eminently eco-friendly manner.

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LEED: The way to a Sustainable Future with Sustainable Building Design [Infographic]

For many businesses, going green is a matter of changing the way they work. By reducing waste in their operations or using sustainable materials in their production, these businesses lessen their impact on the environment. However, these are not the only means through which companies can become more eco-friendly. In fact, many businesses can shrink the size of their ecological footprints through the places in which they work.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program provides builders and property owners with standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Achieving LEED certification means a building exemplifies many of the principles behind sustainable building design. LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly, which therefore helps the businesses inside of them reduce their overall impact on the planet. Even if they don’t employ other methods, sustainable building design helps businesses become greener.

Businesses in the green industry — or any that simply want to become more sustainable — need to understand LEED and what it means for their properties. There is a strict process through which buildings can become LEED-certified. Additionally, there are specific standards those properties must meet before they can be certified through the LEED program. Property owners and businesses also need to understand the different levels of LEED certification and what they mean.

The accompanying guide breaks down what LEED certification entails, and can serve as a helpful resource for any business working to go green.

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DIY Eco-Friendly Backyard

Every day we try to make our world a little bit greener. On a smaller personal level, it is all about shaping our habits and making our surrounding more eco-friendly. Of course, this also includes designs of our gardens and best materials to use. Planting local plants influences local flora and fauna and by designing a deck from upcycled timber we prolong its use and lower pollution. One garden may not save the world but it can set an example, so why not start from your own?

Here are some pointers on how to make your garden greener and more enjoyable for your family.

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Eco-Friendly Ideas for a Homeowner [Infographic]

If you think that implementing eco-friendly measures in your home is more expensive than it’s worth, it’s worth considering that most of these measures involve short-term spending for long-term saving. Ultimately, the costs of installing new features will end up being recouped in the long run. Also, homeowners who make their homes more environmentally friendly often feel satisfaction that they are doing their bit for the good of Mother Nature.

If you would like to improve the eco-friendliness of your home, there are some very simple and inexpensive measures you can take as a very good starting point. For instance, opt for energy-saving light bulbs with low wattage that will last you for much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Also, get into the habit of using washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full, as using these appliances with half-loads or less is a highly inefficient practice that will serve only to plump your utility bills.

If you are very serious about living in an eco-friendly home, projects such as installing solar panels on your roof and adding insulation to walls will drastically reduce your carbon footprint and greatly boost your home’s value if you decide to sell it further down the line. These are prime examples of how a relatively minor investment now could reap substantial savings in the longer-term.

This infographic from EZ Living Interiors explores a few more ways in which you can transform your home into an impressively eco-friendly residence.

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Tax tips for energy savers

Go green and get money back!

When you’re looking from the outside in, going green can seem quite complicated, but in the long run its definitely worth it! It’s now possible to receive money from going green and making the correct energy saving/eco-friendly changes. In this we’ll be looking at the methods which save you money and get you money back!

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