Easy and Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Cool in the Summer

When the weather gets warmer, do you automatically change your thermostat from heat to air conditioning? Before you make the switch, consider some easy ways you can keep your house cool this summer. You’ll save money and energy and still be comfortable.

1. Fans

Yes, electric fans do use electricity, but they use far less than central or wall unit air conditioning. There are several different types of fans you can employ to keep your house cool:

* Ceiling fans are effective at circulating air throughout a room. They can switch directions to draw hot air up or push it back down, depending on your needs. They also have variable speeds, and do not take up floor or window space. They do have to be installed, but an electrician (or handy homeowner) can hook one up to an existing overhead light fixture in minutes.

Smart Ways to Reduce Your Home Food Waste

Sometimes it seems like we throw out more food than we eat. While that probably isn’t true, the average household does waste a lot of food. Here are some ideas for cutting down your home food waste.

Compost

While you are still discarding the leftover food when you compost, you are recycling it into a useful substance that can be used to grow more food (or anything else you like) in the garden. Only compost food that has no other use and can’t be recycled in the kitchen anymore.

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Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean without the Use of Toxins

A swimming pool full of crystal-clear, cool water is so inviting on a hot summer day. But if you’ve ever had a pool, you know that keeping the water clean is no small task. And it usually involves the use of “pool chemicals” such as chlorine. There are some non-toxic options out there today, however. Here are some ideas.

Ionization

Have you seen bottles of ionized water in your health food store? Water that is ionized has been purified by an electrical process, usually involving copper and silver. Copper and silver are ionized, or given a positive electrical charge, and then these copper-silver coils are placed in the pool. As the water circulates around the ionized metal, sanitizing water ions are released back into the pool.

Reduce Water Pollution In and Around Your Home

Pollution in our waterways is a significant environmental problem. As rain water runs downward, it takes toxic chemicals with it, washing them into creeks, streams, and rivers. You can take steps to reduce this kind of pollution by becoming aware and making some changes around your home. Here are some ideas.

1. If you change your car’s oil, never dump the oil out onto the ground, bury it, or toss it into the trash. Collect it in a drum and have it recycled, or contact your local waste management authority to find out how to dispose of it in your area.

2. Wash your car with biodegradable, non-toxic cleaners and soaps which are available commercially. You can also use biodegradable, natural, liquid vegetable soap to wash your car.

PVC Floors and Health

You may not think much about your floors and what they are made of. Your goal may simply be to keep your floor clean – a clean floor is a healthy one, right? Actually, it depends…your floor may be very clean but still have a negative effect on your family’s health. Here are some reasons why.

Flooring Material

If you have flooring that is not hardwood, tile or carpet, you probably refer to it as “linoleum.” However, unless your house pre-dates the 1950s and has the original flooring, it’s more than likely that you have vinyl flooring.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)