Its always a good time to go green in your home, but springtime definitely brings with it the enthusiasm for change. MSN shares more than 100 tips to easily green your home in a multitude of ways, big and small. We've gathered 5 of our favorites below:
Reducing Energy, Waste -- and Your Bills!
1. CFL bulbs work best in those rooms where they're used for at least 15 minutes. Areas that involve frequent "on-and-off" (say, in a closet or pantry) may shorten bulb life.
2. Think strategically: Plant trees around the south and west sides or your home, and if possible shade the air-conditioning unit. You'll definitely save each year on heating and cooling.
3. Get off junk-mail lists. Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s DMAchoice mail preference service (dmachoice.org), and within three months you'll clear off a lot of wasted paper from your home.
4. Purchase "superhero" plants. Certain easy-care greens like English ivy and peace lilies naturally help remove indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
5. Hunt down sneaky cold-air leaks using a stick of incense. With the stick smoldering, move it toward the edge of windows and doors. If there’s a draft, the smoke will be blown horizontally (no draft, and the smoke will rise as normal). Fix it with caulk, applied inside and out.