House, Home, and Environment

  • Your home often serves as the nourishing environment for you and your family to retreat and rest from the outside stresses of the world; a place for families to strengthen and grow.
  • Often a sizable portion of the monthly budget goes toward providing this “house and home.”
  • Orange County/University of Florida Extension programs and resources can help you:
  • Identify environmental risks or problems in and around your home or apartment.
  • Save money on home repairs, maintenance, and energy.
  • Control mildew and moisture in your home.
  • Use living space efficiently.
  • Use and dispose of hazardous materials safely.
  • Conserve water and help maintain Florida's water quality.
  • Build stronger family communication.

Indoor Air Quality in Florida

  • Mold and mildew prevention; moisture
  • Second-hand smoke education
  • Asthma triggers in the home environment
  • Carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and lead hazards
  • Duct cleaning

Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Home Environment

  • Accessible Living
  • Fall prevention
  • Fire prevention
  • Pet friendly home environment
  • Non-toxic cleaning
  • Household poison prevention
  • Swimming pool safety

Home Care and Maintenance

  • Keep it clean
  • Household cleaners and the environment
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Home septic system
  • Pests

Home Environment

  • Organized living
  • Flooring options and care
  • Furnishings
  • House plants

Weather Related Emergency Preparedness

  • Preparing your home and property
  • Food safety during a power outage
  • Coping with stress
  • Recovery assistance

Efficient and Sustainable Living

  • Living more “green”
  • Energy wise living and products
  • Waste reduction
  • Household water management and conservation

Housing Options

  • Homeownership
  • Rental housing
  • Housing as we grow older
  • Life cycle housing and Universal Design