A Safe and Practical Guide to Going Green
Sometimes it is hard to make a change, especially if you aren’t sure about the steps to take. If your goal is to go green, the steps are easy to take, and they make a big difference.
Not only will your actions positively impact the earth, but they will also save you money in many cases too. Curious as to what you need to do to get green? Read on.
Earth Day Fun Facts
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the U.S., and 20 million people observed that first time. From that important day, an environmental movement was born, and now almost 200 countries from around the world have Earth Day celebrations.
Earth Day activities take all kinds of different forms; some people plant gardens or trees or clean up their neighborhoods. Some people donate used clothing. Others participate in festivals, concerts or sporting activities to show their support.
Take time this Earth Day to educate yourself about recycling and alternative power sources, like wind and solar power.
What you Need to Know About Tankless Water Heaters
Older hot water tanks heat water and store it until you are ready to use it, which isn’t eco-friendly. Tankless water heaters only heat your water on demand, which means that they operate more efficiently.
It saves you money on your bills. Tankless hot water heaters also have a longer lifespan and are a good option for homeowners who are short on space, because they are smaller.
No More Plastic Water Bottles
One of the biggest threats to the environment is the piles upon piles of beverage containers that end up in landfills. You can easily help to remedy that problem by filtering your own water at home.
Filtration systems remove many impurities and produce a good-tasting, clear product. Depending on your needs, you can mount a filter put in at the source, or right on your faucet, counter or under the sink.
Make Sure you Aren’t Wasting Water in the Bathroom
It’s common for water to be wasted in the bathroom. Your toilet alone uses a third of your whole household’s water.
Do you leave the tap running when you are brushing your teeth and washing your hands and watch water go down the drain when you are waiting for the shower to heat up?
In addition to changing those habits, install low-flow toilets and showerheads that use a fraction of the water. Motion sensor faucets will greatly reduce water waste too.
Move Towards Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Whether at home or work, there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. They don’t take a lot of effort but give significant results.
Put in LED light bulbs in your home. Turn lights off in rooms when you aren’t there. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them. Ensure windows and doors are well-caulked. Make sure exterior walls are properly insulated.
Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly. To defrost food before cooking, don’t put under running water in the sink. Don’t run your fridge half-full.
Don’t idle your car in the driveway or drive-thrus. Only use your car for longer trips. Short trips use far more fuel to warm the engine up. When you can walk or bike instead, choose that option.