Simple Green Home Improvements for Summer

Saving leftover food items is disgusting, who cares if my TV is plasma or LCD,  and just what the heck is a toilet dam? These home owner dilemmas may seem trivial, but they can save both yourself and the environment a lot of grief. There is an abundance of tools available to consumers for daily use that can actually significantly lower monthly and yearly costs as well as help reduce the damage done to the environment.

Poly-ethe-what?

According to Made How, the main component of polyester is ethylene, which is derived from petroleum. Some other ingredients include coal, air and water. This slew of ingredients combined are forced to chemically react with acid and alcohol to make polyester. Once this process is complete, the polyester is in its most basic form. Many processes can be performed in order to create different types of polyester.

This fabric is commonly used in clothing, of course, but also most dryer sheets. Since these sheets are a “use once and throw away” item, it doesn’t seem very economical or environmentally-conscious given the ingredients used to manufacture them. Luckily, there are many other options available. Once such product is a dryer ball highlighted by the Huffington Post. Nellie’s PVC-free eco dryer balls are completely recyclable, made from PVC-free plastic and replaces both fabric softener and dryer sheets. This is just one of many replacement laundry products that can save time, money, and the environment.

A little water never hurt anyone.

Goodness, it has been unbelievably hot this summer where I reside. There may or may not have been several conversations in my household about investing in a kiddie pool. If you’ve had the much better idea to purchase an inground or actual above ground pool, you’ve definitely thought about the amount of money spent each month on bacteria-fighting chemicals needed to maintain an aquatic oasis.

How Stuff Works explains that the most common hazardous chemicals living in our pools for means of disinfection are chlorine and bromine. Although some consumers may already understand these chemicals are not good for our bodies to ingest The New York Department of Health shows that chlorine reacts to water in our bodies and immediately begins doing damage to cells. A person that is exposed to chlorine may also experience airway irritation, trouble breathing, eye irritation and skin irritation. Please keep in mind these are effects of diluted and minimal exposure to chlorine. Elongated or more concentrated exposure may produce different results.

Pool manufacturers across the country are now understanding the need for a chemical-free pool cleaning option. There are many much more environmentally-friendly filters available on the market. Some filters not only kill bacteria, but inhibit the production of mold and mildew altogether. These filters do not need to be cleaned for months.  Another option is salt water purification, which also kills off bacteria and is easy to maintain. It is highly suggested to do research on each piece of pool cleaning equipment as well as talk to a pool professional before deciding if this item or any similar product is right for you and your family. The next time you get to take a refreshing dip in a chemical-free pool, your body and the earth will thank you for making such a smart decision.

Time to get stinky.

Organic compost can get expensive especially when trying to maintain a lawn, vegetable garden, and/or flowers on the premises. Gathering your leftover scraps of food and lawn clippings will skip a trip to the store and will keep you from guessing just what is actually inside that bag of fertilizer.  It is good to note that typically the term “fertilizer” is meant for items that penetrate the soil and replenish nutrients directly into plants for speedy growth and “compost” gives nutrients back to the soil to keep it healthy so one can keep growing a fabulous array of summer veggies year after year. However, keeping leftover food scraps and lawn clippings can be used as both a fertilizer and compost. Houselogic notes that in order to grow quickly, plants need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These three nutrients can be found in things like fish, wood ash, eggshells and even human urine.

Surprisingly enough, a large amount of people are over-fertilizing their lawns and gardens, which can cause the plants to die from an over-saturation of nitrogen built up in the compost. According to the University of Illinois, compost and fertilizers can be used in a number of ways. Mulching, which is layering compost on top of the soil and letting those components decompose, soil amending calls for tilling the soil with compost to freshen the soil and add back instant nutrition, potting plants with a healthy amount of compost added, and even making a “compost tea” which is basically a homemade fertilizer that will soak into the soil. So basically, there is never too much compost to be had. Just make sure that when trying these methods remember that less can be more. Use these tips to give back to mother nature and she will return the favor.

Just plain ol’ saving money.

Some of the neatest inventions on this list are so simple and effective you might wonder why these weren’t created long ago. A wonderful creation aptly named the “toilet dam” limits the amount of water released every time that the unit is flushed—genius.

Ever wonder what the big deal is between plasma and LCD TVs? When it comes to vibrant picture and sound, most probably won’t notice any serious variation. Amazingly, the choice between these may actually either cost or save citizens enough cash per year to sway a decision. The difference between LCD TVs is about $34 per year in comparison to $70 per year with a plasma set.

When coming up with ideas to do our part in saving the environment, and valuable funds, some fun and simple products don’t always come to mind. This summer we can all feel good about taking a swim, watching some TV and growing a plentiful garden knowing the effects our actions are making a positive impact.

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