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04/17/2013

Seven-In-Ten U.S. Adults Embrace Eco-Friendly Cleaning

 
According to a new survey, adults in the U.S. have been gravitating toward green eco-friendly cleaning solutions.

With Earth Day on the way for facilities, buildings, and even households, some interesting data has come out of a survey conducted by CouponCabin.com.  The survey reveals that spring-cleaning is likely to be earth-friendly, as seven-in-ten (70%) U.S. adults use eco-friendly cleaning products at least sometimes. This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin.com from April 9th – 11th, 2013, among 2,222 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

Not everyone has jumped on the eco-friendly cleaning bandwagon. Thirty percent of U.S. adults report they never or rarely use them, with nearly half of those citing that they're too expensive (49 percent).  This is an interesting statistic, one that may be mirrored in the facility management industry on a much larger scale.

When asked to explain why else they don't use eco-friendly cleaning products, U.S. adults who rarely or never use them also say the following:

  • I prefer the traditional brands – 38 percent
  • I've never thought of it – 25 percent
  • They don't clean well enough – 20 percent
  • They don't do that much to help the environment – 10 percent
  • I can't find any of these products where I live – 5 percent
  • Don't like the smell – 2 percent
  • Some other reason – 8 percent

Regardless of whether or not eco-friendly cleaning products are being used, keeping the house so fresh and so clean takes a lot of time. Only 1% of U.S. adults don't spend any time doing household cleaning chores like washing dishes, vacuuming or taking out the trash in a given week. Forty-three percent spend up to four hours. More than half (55 percent) spend four hours or more, of which 11 percent spend 15 hours or more cleaning per week.

"No matter how much time you spend cleaning, it's a chore that's a challenge to keep up with," said Jackie Warrick, senior savings adviser at CouponCabin.com. "Keeping the house clean can be one more 'to-do' on an already overloaded list. To alleviate the stress, some people opt to use a cleaning service to help keep their house spic and span, but it can be too expensive for others."

The high cost of hiring a cleaning service or person deters many Americans. Only 10 percent of U.S. adults currently have a paid cleaning service or person to help with cleaning chores. Of the 90 percent of U.S. adults who don't currently have a cleaning service, nearly six-in-ten (57 percent) report they can't afford it. Other reasons U.S. adults pass on hiring cleaning help include:

  • My house is not messy enough to require the service – 37 percent
  • I don't like having strangers in my home – 36 percent
  • I enjoy cleaning myself – 30 percent
  • I want the job done to my specifications and a service can't provide that – 19 percent
  • I am too embarrassed to have someone clean my mess – 7 percent
  • Someone else does it for free – 6 percent
  • Bad experiences with a cleaning service/hire person in the past – 4 percent
  • Some other reason - 8 percent
 


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Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


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09/23/2014

A recent survey of industry professionals indicates that investment in energy efficiency projects will increase over the next year.

09/22/2014

Fort Carson in Colorado is well on its way to reaching the goal of net-zero energy by 2020. 

09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

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