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The 4 rules of a greener home

Do you want a more environmentally friendly home where you can enjoy playing the best online casinos, but also save money on your energy and even food bills? Without necessarily embarking on major works, there are simple gestures, small investments that will make your home more ecological, but also more comfortable to live in and healthier. Houzz lists for you the rules of an eco-sustainable house, but also offers you ways to move forward in this direction, whatever your budget or the time you have.

1. Breathe healthy air

When we think of everyday ecological measures, we do not think of the air we breathe inside our home. We know too little about it, but this essential element for our survival is often unhealthy at the very heart of our habitat. The causes are multiple. Toxic household products, wall paints with harmful substances, humidity, mould, animal hair and mites, so many invisible pollutions that can cause ENT disorders, especially in fragile subjects.

How to fight?

Ventilate each day and each room for at least 10 minutes and systematically after an activity releasing pollutants. The famous change of air that our grandmothers advocated!

Do not smoke inside. First source of indoor pollution, tobacco is also one of the first causes of cardiovascular diseases.

Limit the use of scented candles, aerosol air fresheners or incense, which contain toxic and/or polluting substances, sometimes accentuated by combustion.

Clean the curtains, VMC and air inlets every quarter. They should never be obstructed.

Use a steam cleaner. The hot water vapor does not contain any chemicals, but cleans the clogged dirt and degreases perfectly. Remember to ventilate after using your steam cleaner so as not to increase the humidity level.

2. We limit the use of chemical or toxic products

In a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway, highlighted the toxicity of certain household products. Many of the products sold in supermarkets are made up of very chemical substances and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are irritating and even dangerous for respiratory health, but also for the planet, since they contaminate water.

How to fight?

Choose natural products such as baking soda, black soap, Marseille soap or white vinegar. You can make your own cleaning products or buy those bearing the European Ecolabel.

Do not use chemical drain openers. Composed of a combination of bleach, lye and caustic potash, the formula is as corrosive as it is toxic and even ends up damaging your pipes. Prefer the good old manual methods like the suction cup or the dismantling of the siphon.

Limit the overdose of products. This does not clean better, but pollutes more, unlike the most natural of household products: elbow grease…

3. We eco-garden

Since January 1, 2019, pesticides are prohibited for private gardens. We know today that they have an impact on health and on the ecosystem and contain endocrine disruptors, in particular the much criticized glyphosate. Fortunately, polluting and dangerous phytosanitary products are far from unavoidable. Even the gardeners of Versailles have chosen to do without it.

How to fight?

Ban chemicals. Prefer natural fertilizers, homemade insecticides based on healthy and inexpensive products. Installed near your vegetables, some plants repel insects.

Don’t waste water by watering. Use collected rainwater. Also remember to water in the evening, right at the foot of the plants, avoiding the hottest hours.

Install a mulch: it is an excellent solution to provide nutrients to plants and retain moisture in the soil.

4. We reduce our waste

According to 2018 figures from the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, 573 kg of waste is produced per year and per inhabitant, including 30 kg of uneaten food and 7 kg of products still packaged. Even if efforts are made in this direction, only 20% of waste is recovered, explains the CNIID (National Center for Independent Information on Waste), the rest ending up in landfills or incinerators.

How to fight?

Buy reusable products and ban single-use ones such as disposable dishes, wipes, straws…

Avoid over-packaging (unit-packaged biscuits, briquettes, coffee pods, etc.) and promote bulk purchasing.

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