Your Trusted Tips for Going Green
Everyone these days is worried about going green, and for good reason. This planet needs our help, and that’s why we all celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22. That means Earth Day 2017 is just around the corner, so our team put together a few trusted tips you can use at home and in your daily life to make the planet a little greener.
Tackle Your Carbon Footprint
Here are 10 simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work, at school, and in your daily life:
- Take the bus
- Ride your bike
- Hang laundry to dry
- Turn off lights
- Switch light bulbs to LEDs or CFLs
- Insulate your house better
- Turn the air conditioning and furnace down
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle
- Install solar panels or switch to a green energy provider
Tackle Water Waste
The global water crisis is an issue tackled by World Water Day, but that doesn’t mean it’s separate from Earth Day. Saving water is a huge part of saving the planet. Earth Day is a perfect time to focus on water conservation efforts around the house.
Among the easiest things you can do to save water is to install low-flow and water-saving toilets, faucets, and showerheads throughout the house. These alone will help your family save thousands of gallons of water per year.
In addition, you can also turn the water off when you're lathering in the shower or brushing your teeth, using waterless car wash for the car, and putting in a rain barrel to collect water for the garden.
Tackle Energy Waste
Imagine how much energy you'd waste if you filled up the kettle and turned it on every half hour just to keep the water hot, even though you never made a cup of tea. Well, this is exactly what storage-tank, hot water systems do: they turn the burners on repeatedly, day and night, to keep the water in the tank hot, even if you aren't using the water.
You can see why it’s so much cheaper to run a tankless or instant hot water system that only heats water on-demand. As an added bonus, installing an instant hot water system use about 30 percent less energy, they last twice as long, and all of this means more money in your pocket.
Tackle Landfill Waste
You may not immediately see the link between installing a home water filtration system and cutting back on the amount of waste in landfills, but when you consider that there are over 2 million tons of unrecycled water bottles in American landfills, the connection becomes clearer.
Bottled water is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, so you can do your part by not buying bottles and putting in a filtration system instead if you're worried about water purity.
This Earth Day, we can all do our part for a greener world by tackling waste, conserving energy and water, and taking steps to reduce our carbon footprints.
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