Your How To Guide: Sustainably Aging in Place by Alert1
Posted on July 30, 2015
Aging in place can be simple and
sustainable, seeing that many Alert1
members have accepted the green challenge. Going green doesn’t mean giving up
the comforts you’ve earned as a senior. After all, you’ve finally gotten your
home just the way you like it, and it's perfect for you to age in place. Luckily, going green can give you more control
over your home than ever before.
1. Conserve energy with smart technology
Conserving energy is easy when your house does the hard work
for you. Make a few simple changes with smart
technology and experience the difference in your new sustainable home. You will feel like the ruler of your
castle. The lighting and temperature will automatically adjust to just how you
like it. You won’t need to lift a finger. It's perfect for aging in place!
bulbs: As your light bulbs burn out, replace them with energy efficient LED
bulbs. Look into smart bulbs that you can control with your smartphone. You
will never again leave the lights on by accident or have to stumble around in
the dark. Your lights will turn on just when you need them and turn off when
you are no longer in the room.
Are you constantly adjusting your thermostat? Stop getting up and down and
let a smart thermostat take care of it for you. It's easy to use and sustainable. It will learn your preferences
and adjust the temperature for you. When you have gone out it will turn the
temperature down to save energy. You will never have to come back to a cold
house when your thermostat knows when you will be home. It's ment for you to comfortably age in place.
2. Make cleaning green by going back to basics
Do you really want that toxic smell of chemical cleaners in
your sustainable home? Make cleaning a pleasant experience with these natural, non-toxic alternatives.
Who knew there were so many basic household
products to use for savvy seniors?
If you need to clean laundry, wash windows, or remove stains from carpets,
vinegar should be your go-to. Infuse it with lemons or oranges for a fresh
soda. This staple is an excellent deodorizer. Sprinkle it in your garbage
cans and leave an open container in the fridge to soak up smells. Baking soda
is also good for cleaning silver, soaking up grease spills, and removing
stubborn food from dishes.
- Lemon. Use
lemon as a substitute for bleach when doing laundry or cleaning your bathroom.
It has antibacterial properties and will make your clothes fresh and your
3. Go paperless and reduce clutter
How much unwanted paper have you accumulated over the years?
Are you keeping piles of old magazines? Is your purse full of crumpled
receipts? Go paperless and get rid of the extra clutter in your life.
and billing. You can receive bank
statements and bills by email and pay directly online. It is convenient, fast,
Do you collect crumpled up receipts? Get organized with applications like
OneReceipt. Simply scan your receipts and recycle them. They will stay neat and
organized in the application so you can find them easily.
and newspapers Avoid physical magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Opt for
the electronic version instead. With electronic copies, you can read your
favorite articles anywhere you go. And you will avoid the junk mail that likes
to hitch a ride with your subscriptions.
4. Enjoy your golden years
At Alert1, we believe
being comfortable and living sustainably are no longer mutually exclusive. With a few simple changes you can make your
life easier and greener than ever before. Pair your new sustainable lifestyle
with a medical alert
system to complete your aging in place plan.
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