Are you a first time home buyer? A housewarming party is a great opportunity, not only to “show off” your new place to friends and family, but also to receive monetary assistance or gifts. Creating a housewarming gift registry will clue your party guests in on the types of items you still need to make your new house a home. If you wish to “green” your home, here are five items you should make sure to include on your registry that will help you create a healthier home environment, while saving you money in the long run.
Household Drinking Water Filters Water filters help to cut down on both the environmental and financial costs of bottled water by providing you clean, fresh water straight from the tap. Many people choose to install a whole-house filter system, which is able to filter large quantities of water, improving the efficiency of appliances connected to the household water line. Whole-house filters are often coupled with other smaller household water filters, including fridge filters, faucet filters and filtered water pitchers that are stored in the refrigerator. In this case, they act as prefilters, lengthening the life of other drinking water filters used within the home. A Brita pitcher or a PUR faucet filter are both low-cost items that you may want to include on your registry. Don’t forget to ask for some replacement filter cartridges to get you started as well!
Reusable Water Bottles Couples who are trying to cut down on single-use plastic bottled water may want to invest in a two-pack of “his-and-hers” Brita water bottles. These have a built-in filter that reduces the bad taste and odor of chlorine, along with other contaminants, while you drink. Alteratively, a Filtrete Water Station can filter enough water to fill four reusable, BPA-free water bottles all at once, and may be ideal for larger households. In addition, Klean Kanteen manufactures stainless steel water bottles in several sizes and styles. These do not come with a built-in filter and are therefore ideal for water that has previously been filtered.
Shower Water Filter A shower water filter can greatly improve one’s health. Most people unknowingly breathe in vaporized chlorine on a daily basis, especially if they take hot showers. Shower water filters reduce chlorine, which is carcinogenic in large doses and has been associated with asthma and upper respiratory conditions. In addition, many shower filters are low-flow, greatly reducing the amount of water you will use each month. To improve health and cut down on water costs associated with your new home, be sure to include a good shower filter on your housewarming registry.
Six-pack of air filters A six-pack of furnace filters will last you a year or more, and they are relatively inexpensive. Make sure you go with a MERV rating of 8 or higher, as these will be more efficient and cost-effective in the long run.
Gardening Kit Growing your own food is becoming a large trend, especially among first-time home buyers. Start your garden off right with a gardening kit that includes a garden water filter to reduce harmful chlorine from your hose water, promoting healthy plant growth. This is an item that is commonly included on housewarming gift registries.
Author Bio: Selwa Lukoskie is a content writer for Filters Fast, an online retailer of air filters and water filters. Most of the items listed above may be purchased on the company’s website. For more information on clean air, clean water, environmental sustainability and related topics, along with special discounts, giveaways, contests, and promotions on these and other items, please visit the Filters Fast company blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.