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“Go green”, “Save the Earth”, “Eco-friendly”. You’ve probably heard these terms a million times. With the discovered dangers of pollution and increased chatter about global warming, Americans are starting to focus on protecting the Earth and its environment. Whether it’s through recycling, composting, or hybrid cars, society is starting to find alternative ways to live that consider the condition of Mother Earth. As much as everyone likes to brag about being eco-friendly and promoting the lifestyle, there are still a large number of people who don’t know the true benefits or see a reason to switch up the way they live. Before you make the big switch, make sure you know why you’re doing it, what it means for your family, and how it affects the environment. Here are a few key points you should consider before you go green.
What Does It Mean to be Eco-Friendly?
Before we talk about making your home eco-friendly, you need to understand what it means. First, let’s discuss your carbon footprint. This determines how many greenhouse gases, mostly carbon dioxide, you’ve put back into the environment. That can be affected by the car you drive and even the food you eat. Overall, going eco-friendly means reducing your carbon footprint and conserving resources, such as water and energy, by using products and/or practicing habits that keep the well-being of the environment in mind. How complicated can it get?
Going Green Doesn’t Have to be Hard
Being responsible for the well-being and future of an entire planet may seem like a daunting task. However, it can be really simple. You don’t have to dive into the eco-friendly lifestyle 100% or start habits that are extremely different from your current lifestyle. It all starts with the small things. If you have a recycling bin for your home, start collecting plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard. Instead of throwing your cereal box in the garbage can, opt for the blue or green bin.
You can also start by using energy-efficient LED light bulbs. They may cost a bit more than the average light bulb but it’s a simple way to start being eco-friendly and conserve energy without a major inconvenience.
Whether dealing with household bills or even just receiving your paystub, you’ve probably gotten the option to go paperless. Instead of ignoring it, say “Yes!”. Not only does going paperless means less clutter in your home, but it’s a great way to start preserving trees and the earth in general.
Going green can be simple. It’s all about finding the small and easy tasks that can make a big impact.
Eco-Friendly Benefits for Your Home
It’s a common misconception that people who go green must spend a ton of money, but, in all actuality, it can help you save money. Deciding to ride your bike or walk instead of drive means you won’t have to constantly pay for gas for your car or public transportation. It also means less maintenance payments you would typically pay for a car, such as oil changes and car washes. Energy-efficient lightbulbs may cost more than the average bulb, but they last longer and they help you save on your electric bills. That means you save money in the long run. Recycling is free, and in some areas, you can even take your recyclable items and receive money. If you’re choosing to go eco-friendly by conserving water, this means a lighter water bill for your household.
On top of saving money for your household, you get to teach your children how to be responsible and learn more about how much they affect the Earth. It even gives the family activities to do together. Setting environmental goals together and helping each other organize a plan is a great way to bond with your loved ones while making your carbon footprint smaller.
In the end, you also get a rewarding feeling from doing something to help preserve your planet. It may start with small things, but knowing you’re taking the steps to get cleaner air and, in the long run, a healthier lifestyle can be beneficial to your moral confidence.
HOME Fresh: An Eco-Friendly Carpet for the World Around You
An increasing trend in the green lifestyle is considering eco-friendly flooring. While people may focus on which wood look will be better for the environment, carpet can also be beneficial. Empire’s exclusive HOME Fresh carpet was built for the world around you. The world’s first and only hypoallergenic carpet with odor-neutralizing minerals, HOME Fresh not only benefits the environment in your home but the environment as a whole.
Constructed with 90% post-consumer recycled content, this carpet is made to help keep the planet cleaner. Its fibers are made from recycled plastic bottles! And when it is time to replace your carpet, you don’t have to worry about it affecting your carbon footprint because HOME Fresh is 100% recyclable!
In addition to being recyclable, this exclusive carpet doesn’t have latex or any Volatile Organic Compounds. Not only does this mean it’s odor free, but not having any harmful VOCs means cleaner air and a healthier household for your family and a less damaging effect on the environment.
In the end, changing your lifestyle to consider your planet doesn’t have to be hard. When you go green, remember, you can take it one step at a time. Start simple and ease your way into having an eco-friendly home. Not only, will you be helping save the planet, but it can have benefits for you and your family.
Carpet is soft, comfortable and often means the difference between a stark room and a home-y one you spend all your time in. But carpet fibers can also be a recipe for funky smells over time, whether it be from pets, cooking, or smoke. While finding an at-home cleaner idea on Pinterest or a carpet deodorizer at the store for a quick fix is tempting, it’s not going to get rid of lingering odors for good. There’s a better way to avoid carpet smells. (more…)
In addition to enhancing your home’s aesthetic, carpet has a soft touch that offers you and your family comfort. But have you thought about what lies in the world between its fibers? No, we’re not talking about common soiling. Let’s think beyond the cookie crumbs and talk about your nose’s worst enemy—household allergens!
HOME Fresh™, a whole new kind of soft flooring, is finally here. And you can only get it from Empire Today. Here are 5 things you’ll love about HOME Fresh carpet.
It’s that time of year again! Empire Today is thrilled to appear at several home shows over the next few months. Don’t be shy – we’ll be in Texas, Michigan, and Colorado to answer all your flooring-related questions! Who knows… our new spokesman may even be in attendance. Below is a full Empire Today home show roster for 2018. More dates to come. (more…)
Thousands of homeowners are opting for vinyl flooring—it’s a highly durable, budget-friendly way to get a wood or tile look in any room. But like any floor, vinyl can get dirty quickly. Here are a few tips on how to clean vinyl floors safely and make maintenance easier overall.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them just come equipped with the proper supplies to protect your carpet. Hiring professional carpet cleaners to clean your carpet every 6-12 months is the best way to avoid damaging it while maintaining its fresh look. Read 4 important reasons why it’s worth the extra care.
While some of us in colder climates may be excited for the winter scenery, others are dreading the dirty slush and slippery ice. Whether you like or disdain this snowy weather, tracking it in your home can have damaging effects on your flooring. Learn how and what you should do to protect your floors during winter.
When updating floors, we often get asked the difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood. Although both engineered and solid hardwood offer an alluring sophistication to your home, they differ in several fundamental ways, including both construction and functionality. The needs of your family and lifestyle will help you determine which hardwood choice is right for you.
As the new year approaches, we’re jumping for joy! While 2017 was an awesome year, we can’t wait to see 2018 trends and styles. Here are a few flooring trends you should consider before getting new floors next year:
Homeowners seeking a wood look for their floors often receive an astronomical quote on hardwood and begin to research other options. It’s no surprise that vinyl plank flooring has exploded in popularity as a worthy alternative. Vinyl plank is one of the most durable floors, period. And it closely resembles genuine wood. Want to learn more about what sets vinyl plank flooring apart?
Bathroom floors are prone to standing water, slippery surfaces, and mildew. When updating floors in your bathroom, it’s important to consider function as well as looks. Here are a few features to look for before selecting bathroom flooring.
Hosting family and friends for the holidays? It’s time to make your home look its very best before, during, and after the festivities. Here are 10 no-nonsense holiday cleaning tips to make this season more enjoyable.
The end of the year is approaching and the inevitable winter season is nearly upon us. While that means we get to sip hot cocoa and wrap ourselves in soft, warm blankets, it also means having a cold home if you’re not prepared. Did you know your flooring can affect the temperature of your home? Here are a few warm floors and other considerations when making your home cozier this winter.
You’ve probably seen the shopping guides based on seasonal demand before. Buy lawnmowers and printers in September. Gas grills in November or December. Winter coats and sports gear in March. But what about flooring? The best time to shop for new floors is right before the holidays kick in. Here’s why.
What’s the first thing you picture when you hear “family room”? Many of us imagine the entertainment center, comfortable sofas and chairs, and quality time with family and friends. But have you ever thought about how compatible your floors are with your family’s lifestyle?
Pets aren’t just animals. They’re a part of the family. This means every choice you make for your home should consider what’s best for them and their habits – including the floors. Even with all their scratching and “accidents”, maintaining carpet with your feline friend is possible. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best carpet for cats.
As natural wood looks continue to dominate every home renovation show, one might think carpet is outdated and old-fashioned. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are the best modern carpet styles for 2018 to help you stay contemporary and comfortable.
So, you’ve finally decided to get new carpet and couldn’t be more excited! You’re already imagining your updated floors and can’t wait to sink your feet its comfy softness. But wait … have you considered what type of carpet is the best carpet for your home?
Comfort should never be limited to the indoors. That’s where Indoor-Outdoor carpet enters the picture. While Indoor carpet tends to emphasize softness and style, Indoor-Outdoor carpet focuses on performance and versatility.
Have you ever wondered the best way to achieve a wood look for your floors? Hardwoods and Engineered Hardwoods provide an authentic, timeless feel. But your options don’t stop there.
Windy City Live has always been an extremely gracious host to Empire Today. The following segment, courtesy of Windy City Live, features Val Warner and new Empire spokesman Ryan Salzwedel talking all about how to achieve a wood look.
Few things can match the look of new hardwood flooring – it adds timeless beauty and value to your home. But just like a new car, proper hardwood flooring care and maintenance is an important part of the long-term investment. Here are four easy care and maintenance tips for hardwood flooring.
Ever wonder what people with clean houses do every day? Let’s take a look at some of the daily tasks people with clean houses might do every day of the week.
When designing a room, choosing the correct carpet color to match your decor should be a first priority. Consider the full complement of features that make up the area, as well as how these can be put together harmoniously. This consideration might include color, texture, style and personal taste. And since flooring covers such a large area in a room, the carpet color you choose can make a world of difference. Here are 5 tips for finding a carpet color to match your decor.