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More homeowners than ever before are looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly and energy-efficient, both for themselves to lower bills and save money, and for the environment to conserve our precious resources. Here are some simple ways you can ensure your home is environmentally friendly:

Practice Better Pest Management: People often forget that the goal of pest management is not to eliminate all pests, but rather keep them at a controllable, healthy level. Choose pesticides that have a low toxicity level and target only specific pests. And only apply the pesticide to targeted and controlled areas of your lawn/garden.

Also, make sure to dispose of your pesticides properly. Many people are used to dumping the leftover pesticides in their sink or down the toilet, but this may turn out potentially harmful to your community’s water treatment facilities. The best way to get rid of excess pesticide is to dilute it as directed on bottle labels, and finish by applying it to specific listed areas. Other products like paint solvents, auto products, and water bottles or plastics each also need to be disposed of in their respective manners.

Carefully Choose Paint Products: Paint products can be harmful to the environment on behalf of the various solvents and metals inside them. First, you should try and purchase only the amount of paint you will use and use it all up, leaving no excess. If you wind up with loads of extra paint on your hands, donate it to local organizations within your community, or, as a last resort, to let the paint dry out over time. This can be done with most latex-based paints.

Overall, the best way to combat this is to try and reduce the amount of household waste completely. This involves recycling items correctly, buying things you absolutely need, and reusing or borrowing things you only need once from friends or family.

Make Smart Energy Choices: One more way to ensure environmental responsibility with your home is to save energy in heating and cooling, where so much energy is used up per year. Here a few methods to save both energy in the environment and money on your monthly gas bill:

Replace old, drafty windows or siding with newer, more energy efficient models
• Close cracked doors and windows in any unoccupied rooms
• Monitor your thermostat to ensure its maintained at reasonable levels

Ultimately, responsibility to the environment is in your hands and relies on the actions you take around your home- which, believe it or not, can be a place accredited to the start of many environmental issues. However, by considering many of the tips listed above, you and your home can be bastions for something ever-so important- environmental responsibility.

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