I recently received a press release from Mohawk Industries
(parent of Dal-Tile) that included Mohawk's 10 Tips to Green Your Home. The
release also included several paragraphs regarding Mohawk’s GreenWorks program,
its participation in Earth Day, and its efforts to produce recyclable and
environmentally friendly products.
Top 10 lists like this are a great way for manufacturers to
reach out to consumers. Most of the tips that are included don’t even directly
involve Mohawk, Dal-Tile or their products, which reinforces to the consumer
that the company cares about sustainability in general, not just about its own
The list is included below for your reference.
- Look for home products that contain recycled
content-like carpeting made from soda bottles.
- Use safe, natural and non-toxic cleaners. Your
body and wallet will thank you.
- Ask your power company if they do free energy
audits to better understand your energy usage and find ways to improve your
- When choosing hardwoods, look for products containing
low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or look at reclaimed wood options.
- Switch to low-flow toilets and faucets to decrease
your water usage.
- Make the switch to programmable thermostats and
motion detection switches for lights. That way, you'll only heat and light your
house when you need it.
- When carpeting a room, remember that the carpet's
cushion acts as an insulator. Be sure to choose a good one.
- Buy into your local Community Supported
Agriculture program. These organic, local foods are a green and affordable way
to feed your family.
- When replacement time comes around, consider
upgrading to high-efficiency windows and appliances, as well as compact
florescent light bulbs. For an even larger impact, consider an investment in
proper insulation. While some of these upgrades may cost a bit more up front,
they'll pay back their investment in a few short years and give you continued
energy savings for many more years to come.
- Do your homework. Remember, being green is more
than just a fashion statement. If you want to incorporate green practices into
your life, know the companies that make the green products you buy. Just
because someone says it's green, doesn't always mean that it is. Get the facts.
Get it in writing. Also, involve your kids-they probably know more about being
green than you do.