Greening Your Home

Resources and steps to preventing pollution and conserving resources in your home.

Pollution prevention isn’t something reserved for industries and businesses. Everyone can take measures in their own homes to reduce waste streams and energy use, making a positive impact on your communities that can have a ripple effect elsewhere.

Saving Water

There are lots of different ways that we can use water more efficiently – like installing a low-flow showerhead or changing the settings on your irrigation controllers.

Energy Efficiency

Energy conservation and efficiency measures, coupled with renewable energy sources, are among the most effective measures for reducing air pollution.

Rain gardens or barrels

Planting rain gardens, using rain barrels and planting trees are all ways to protect and restore clean water in local lakes, streams and estuaries.

Hazardous Waste

Consumers are not always aware of the toxic chemicals or dangerous materials that make up the ingredients of the products that are brought into the home.


Leaks from heating oil tanks can result in environmental contamination and potentially significant cleanup costs. NHDES can help you upgrade or replace your tank.

Recycling and Disposal

Recycling saves resources and tax dollars! Proper management of household waste also protects public health and the environment.