Green This, Not That!

1. Nature’s Air Purifier

The average person breathes in 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day, so it’s essential that air is clean.

GREEN IT! Lisa & Ron suggest a simple $10 investment that can save you hundreds of dollars and have you breathing easier! Indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than the outdoor air (EPA). Lisa & Ron reveal why you should say hello to certain group of indoor plants and say goodbye to synthetic air fresheners.

2. Use a Fan

Did you know air conditioning alone is responsible for 15% of all energy consumption in the U.S.?

GREEN IT! To circulate the air instead of or in addition to your air conditioning, a great alternative is a fan! This stylish looking Air Multiplier from Dyson is bladeless so creates a smooth airflow. It’s safe for pets and kids and easy to clean, plus it has a dimmer switch so you can really control the air flow and save money off your electric bill!

3. Use High Performance Furnace Filter

You breathe 20,000 breaths and 3,400 gallons of air, on average, each day.

GREEN IT! Surveys indicate that 41% of homeowners in America neglect to replace their furnace filter every two to three months—and 9% have never changed their filter!  Lisa & Ron recommend a high performance filter like the 3M Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction filter which captures 94% of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pet dander, pollen and mold spores, from the air passing through the filter.  It also captures up to 40 time more microscopic particles, such as smoke & smog than ordinary fiberglass filters!

4.  Use Green Cleaning Products

Did you know that traditional household cleaning products can contain potentially hundreds of chemicals – many which have not been tested for their long term health effects?  Or that, today, a staggering 24 million Americans suffer from asthma; half of which are children?

GREEN IT! Lisa & Ron are happy to reveal a new line available at Safeway called Bright Green™. The line has over 30 products for your home, ranging from cleaning to laundry that are made with naturally derived & biodegradable ingredients, making shopping convenient & affordable! They also have chlorine free paper made from 100% recycled fibers.

5. Use Rechargeable Batteries

Did you know Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year? Many of these contain toxic heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, and lead. Cadmium can cause damage to the  kidneys, birth defects, and cancer. Mercury and lead are very potent neurotoxins. When batteries end up in the landfill, these toxins can contaminate water supplies.

GREEN IT! Ron & Lisa, The Healthy Home Dream Team, reveal a battery solution that can be used right out of the package, recharged up to 1,500 times and are recyclable!  It’s called the SANYO eneloop and it’s as green as it is sleek! Think about it – if you replace just one alkaline battery with an eneloop, you reduce landfill waste and save money! Available at Costco, this is a great example of the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!

6. Line Dry Your Clothes

Did you know that the dryer is the 2nd biggest energy sucker in your home according the California Energy Commission? Dryers cost about $85 annually to run.

GREEN IT! Lisa & Ron explain how making this one simple switch to line drying your clothes can save you $40 a year; even if you hang just half of your laundry!

7. Reuse Plastic Bags

By now, you are aware that plastic gets a bad wrap. Approx. 380 billion plastic bags, in fact, are used in the U.S. every year!

GREEN IT! Lisa & Ron share a plastic bag trick that allows you to reuse your plastic bags 50 times called the Baggie Wash System. Why throw your food storage bags away? Bag-E-Wash is the first-of-its-kind dishwasher accessory that allows you to easily clean and reuse your zipper-style food storage bags. Bag-E-Wash fits any make/model dishwasher and adjusts to fit any ziplock style reusable bag from sandwich size up to gallon size bags.  Worried about BPA?  Neither Glad nor Ziploc have any BPA, Dioxin or plasticizers in their bags! Just one box (30) of gallon size bags washed and dried with Bag-E-Wash™ and reused 50 times each keeps 1,500 bags out of our landfills & oceans. This equals a savings to you of $150.

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