BEDROOM

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Get a healthier mattress.

Hankey says buying an organic mattress without flame-retardants is the No. 1 thing you can do for the environment in your bedroom (just make sure to recycle the old one). “Mattresses are notorious for off-gassing. Labeling laws for what anyone can put in a mattress are extremely weak. Stay clear of memory foams, which are polyurethane foam made from petrochemicals and are […]

BACKYARD

Salvaged offcuts of walnut wood from Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker are crafted into this Noaway Countertop Compost Bin, which is meant to save your kitchen scraps for transporting into the compost pile. Available for $150 at farmstarlivingshop.com. Salvaged offcuts of walnut wood from Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker are crafted into this Noaway Countertop Compost Bin, which is meant to save your kitchen scraps […]

BATHROOM

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Conserve water when you can.

Did you know that around 8 gallons of water is wasted when you don’t turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth? The same goes for shaving. “That’s a huge way to save right there,” Hankey says. “Choose to take showers over baths, have kids bathe together if they’re young enough, fix leaks—little things like that go a long, long way.” […]

LIVING ROOM

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Get a blower door test.

A blower door test is done by a professional energy auditor to determine your home’s air tightness. Dinkle puts it at the top of his clients’ green home to-do list to see where heat and energy are escaping. “This is something that can be done very well and easily, and the company gives you a list of 10 to 20 things […]

LIVING THE GREEN LIFE

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A ROOM-BY-ROOM GUIDE TO GIVING YOUR HOME AN ECO-FRIENDLY MAKEOVER.

A popular misconception about “going green” is that one individual household can’t make a difference on the environment. That’s simply not true. A home consumes a lot of energy and creates a lot of waste, and the choices we make, whether it’s buying long-lasting furniture or using nontoxic lawn care, certainly do contribute to both the […]

ALTERNATIVE COMMUTES

As Buckhead grows, so does its traffic. All those extra cars and increased time on the road are as bad for the environment as they are for your stress level. According to Livable Buckhead, Atlanta drivers waste an average of 60 hours a year due to traffic congestion and spend 22 percent of their income on gas and other car-related expenses. Reason enough to consider alternate methods? The good news: There are are plenty […]

KITCHEN

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Set up a recycling station.

According to the EPA, if every one of the 96,000 single-family homes that Atlanta’s Department of Public Works Solid Waste Services picks up waste from recycled just one plastic bottle, it would save enough energy to power a laptop computer for 240,000 hours. Needless to say, if you only do one thing for the environment this year, recycling is a solid […]

LAUNDRY ROOM

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Green your cleaning products.

The laundry room often turns into the central hub for storing cleaning products in a home. One of the easiest eco-friendly swaps you can make is changing your cleaning products and laundry detergents. “You don’t need to throw everything away immediately—let’s face it, you’ve been using this stuff for years, so what’s another month going to do? As you run out of […]