When we think about being healthier and more eco-friendly at home, the bedroom is one of the last places we consider. However there are easy ways to clean up the air inside bedrooms and reduce utility bills at the same time. Here are a few places to start:
Lighten the mood
Halogens, compact fluorescents (CFLs), and LEDs are a few energy-saving light bulb options. All will last at least 25 percent longer than incandescent ones. The key is to pick the right bulb for specific fixtures. Check labels.
Buy better bedding
“Wrinkle free” bedding is usually loaded with chemicals that release formaldehyde, which can’t be washed away. Opt for bedding made from natural fabrics such as cotton or flannel.
Fans are your friend
Lower utility bills by using a ceiling fan to keep the treated air moving. In the colder months, your fan blades should turn clockwise to force warmer air collecting at the ceiling down toward the floor. Reverse the blade direction in warmer months.
Clean out the closets
Are your closets jam-packed with clothes that you no longer wear? Many well-cared for clothes hold value and can be sold in consignment shops or online sites such as eBay. You can also donate them to a charity and claim a tax deduction.
Select safer scents
Some candles are made of paraffin, which when burned pollute air with petroleum byproducts. Better choices include ones made from natural beeswax or soy. Another option for sweet- smelling air is to use essential oils. Add a few drops to cotton balls and place them around the room or add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water to spray over larger areas.