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We all hear about “going green,” but it’s hard to know what we can do to truly make a difference – not to mention the cost and time commitment. To help, we’re put together an easy plan: make one (really!) simple change each day for a week, and you’ll be on your way to a safer, greener way of life.

1.    Clean green

Make your own all-natural cleaning products. It’s easy, economical, and healthier for your family and pets. With just a few basic ingredients, you can clean almost everything in your home. Find cleaning product “recipes” at safetyathome.com. Click on the link for Seasonal Safety and go to Spring.

Description: Make your own all-natural cleaning products.

2.    Every drop counts

Turn off water when you’re not using it (like when brushing teeth), repair leaky toilets, and but low-flow faucet aerators or showerheads. Fun fact: fixing a slow-drip can save 3,000 + gallons of water a year!

3.    Switch “Off”

Save electricity and reduce environmental impact by turning off lights when your leave a room. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use less energy and last longer than other bulbs. Make a switch today!

4.    Breathing room

Prevent mold growth with good ventilation systems. Check that appliances and any fireplace or wood-burning stove is properly vented. Use only lead-free, non-toxic, low-VOC paints, especially in kids’ rooms.

5.    Creative recycling

Challenge your family to see who can make the most creative object from recycled materials. Award a prize. Fun fact: recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for three hours!

6.    Insulate your home

Caulk and weather strip your home or add insulation to your attic, walls, and basement. This will help cool air stay inside during the summer and cold breezes outside in winter.

Description: This will help cool air stay inside during the summer and cold breezes outside in winter.

This will help cool air stay inside during the summer and cold breezes outside in winter.

7.    Natural or not?

Description: “All-Natural,” “Eco-Friendly,” and “Mother-Earth Approved”

Terms such as “All-Natural,” “Eco-Friendly,” and “Mother-Earth Approved” on packaging do not necessarily mean the product is environmentally sound. Read carefully.

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