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How to Get a Cleaner, Greener Living Room

It doesn’t take much to start greening up-your digs. Here's how.

Photo: Ellen Silverman

Relax, to make your home more energy smart you don't have to overhaul the entire place in one go. Here are three easy fixes that you can make today, this month…and finally, this year. Get your (recycled) calendar ready.

Today: Unplug any electronics that you’re not using. Leaving them plugged in -- yes, even if they’re turned off -- wastes lots of energy and ups your monthly electric bill as well.

This Month: Buy a vacuum that sucks...dust particles, we mean. It needs a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to collect and trap dust.

This Year: If you’re painting, shop around for no-VOC and low-VOC formulas. (Most paints have VOCs, such as formaldehyde.)

Nesperts: Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, authors of Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home

-- The Nest Editors

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