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This week, more people are trying to make their habits mirror the color of their new spring grass – as green as possible. As a result, more homeowners are altering their lifestyles – from the way they clean a toilet to the type of toilet they actually use – and even turning to Mr. Sun more to help them on their electricity bills. Here are the top five green trends this week.
1. Green Household Cleaning Has Gone Up. More dollars are being spent this week on green household cleaners currently as people realize that going green in their household chores can make a huge impact on the environment. In a process that resembles an old chemistry experiment, more homemakers are learning how to combine various natural ingredients to create their own homemade cleaning products. A little water, vegetable soap, and vinegar can go a long way to put the shine back on your windows, for example. For the less ambitious consumer, green products this week are available in the store through several companies such as Seventh Generation.
2. Toilets Are Turning Green. As more homeowners are preparing to put their homes on the real estate market this week, many are eyeing their bathrooms as the perfect place to invest some money so that they end up actually making some money. This includes giving more home buyers what they want this week – a green, ecologically friendly and cost-friendly bathroom that features high-efficiency toilets labeled by the Environmental Protection Agency and high-efficiency showerheads that use 20 percent less water than other showerheads do. It makes sense because it literally makes cents: The National Association of Realtors says that bathroom remodeling provides a 68.7 percent return on investment.
3. Moving to a New Home Can Be Green. Speaking of putting your home on the market, moving to a new home has become greener as more home buyers and sellers are being made aware of green packaging options. They’re saying goodbye to traditional cardboard moving boxes this week and hello to green reusable plastic boxes – which are made of recycled plastic. The positive thing about these boxes is that they are good for 200 to 400 uses, while even recycling cardboard boxes does at some point yield waste.
4. Home Offices Are Growing in Popularity. As many people strive to get back on their feet job-wise this week, many more are turning to telecommuting opportunities, with so many work-from-home jobs being available on the Web. Besides the flexibility it offers along with the convenience of not having to fight rush hour traffic every morning, working from home more often is very green. These employees reduce their ecological footprints simply because they are putting less carbon dioxide in the air via their cars during the week, and their employers can use less paper and business office energy as well.
5. The Sun Is Appearing Brighter to Many. In the green technology field, solar installations are rising in popularity. In fact, recent statistics show that solar installations actually are up 109 percent each year in the United States. California, New Jersey and Arizona are the leading solar states, but even the northeastern state of New York even went from no. 11 to no. 7 on the U.S. Solar Market Insight scorecard released recently. Many states offer incentives for these green installations, so this week is a great time to check this popular green technology out.
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