Its important to remember energy efficiency encompasses more than just energy bills and using CFLs for lightbulbs. At 360Chestnut we focus on home improvement solutions that are cost-effective, energy efficient and make a healthier home for you and your family. While there are dozens of tips we can give you to make the healthiest home possible, we are sticking with a 5 step plan to help you make improvements throughout your home. You may not see the difference in your energy bills but you will feel better about the health safety of your home.
1. Walk around your house and throw away anything that is dangerous. Old paint is a huge part of this: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) [http://www.360chestnut.com/vocs/] Breathing in high-levels of VOCs for a short-period of time can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Chronic effects include increased risk of cancer, damages to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. So take note of the color and get rid of that paint.
2. Have a carbon monoxide monitor ( in your house. Most homes have these but double check to see if you have one and that it works.
3. Take a serious look at your basement: it is the most toxic part of your house with mold and severe gases. Consider a combustion gas test ( http://www.360chestnut.com/combustion-test/) to check your furnace, hot water heater, clothes dryer and gas stove. They might give out harmful gases.
4. Now that you’ve thrown away your old paint, replace these with no or low VOC paints. If you have a young child, make the time to repaint their room with this new paint. VOCs are especially deleterious for children.
5. Make sure you clean your carpets, rugs, drapes and curtains regularly. These spots are havens for dusts and allergens. Read more keeping your carpets toxin free (http://www.360chestnut.com/blog/bid/145988/Got-Carpet-Keep-it-Clean-Green-Toxin-Free).
Thanks to our friends at 360 Chestnut for their contribution. 360 Chestnut is a one-stop information resource tool for the consumer to figure out the optimum project they should do to their home from an energy efficiency and rebate/incentive perspective.