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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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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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