Whether someone in your household headed back to school or not, this is the time of year that we all switch from our summer habits to our fall routine. If you’re making changes anyway, now is a great time to inject a little green into your routine.
5 Tips for a Healthy Home:
Work as a family to “beat the peak.” Peak power is from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. These are the times that there is the greatest demand for power (although the morning peak represents the largest spike in power use.) Working to reduce our overall household power consumption is important but simply spreading our power consumption throughout the day will save NB Power millions of dollars a year and save the utility from having to build more power plants in the coming years.
- Properly vent your dryer to the outdoors to avoid humidity problems, or use a clothesline.
- Properly vent your bathroom so moisture doesn’t build up.
- Vacuum and damp-dust regularly to get rid of dust mites, pet fur and dander.
- Use fragrance-free, natural cleaning products. Because unscented products can still include scent-masking chemicals, natural cleaning products like vinegar and baking soda are your healthiest choice.
- Avoid room fresheners and choose fragrance-free personal care products.
- The Clean 15 list features produce that has little to no pesticide residue by the time it reaches your plate. Spend more of your grocery dollars on this list: Avocados, corn, pineapple, cabbage, sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, honeydew, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower.
- The Dirty 12 are those that you can consider buying organic (if available) or simply buy less often to reduce your family’s exposure to pesticides: Strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers.