Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Even Further
Our West Chester air conditioning company wrote a blog called “15 Ways to Go Green,” so we figured we’d continue the “go green” advice and give you 15 more ways to go green and reduce your carbon footprint:
1. Turn off your computer at night. Instead of leaving it in “sleep” mode, turning it off can save up to 40 watt-hours of energy every day.
2. Buy local. A lot of pollution is created while transporting food from other areas, so instead, support your local farmers and decrease the amount of pollution in the air.
3. Bring your own mug to work. Instead of using a different cup every time you make coffee or tea, bring in your own mug and you’ll cut down on how much paper or plastic you use.
4. Water your lawn at dawn or at dusk, when the sun isn’t as hot. If you do it during the day, you’ll lose a lot of water to evaporation.
5. Clean your refrigerator coils. Vacuum out the dust and dirt that clings to your coils and your refrigerator will be able to run more efficiently.
6. Take the stairs. Not only will you save the power that elevators use, you’ll also increase your cardiovascular health.
7. Save the plastic containers your to-go or delivery food comes in. They’re great for re-using.
8. Wipe your feet. It’s as simple as that – wipe your feet on a mat before you walk into your home and you’ll reduce the amount of dirt on your floors (therefore reducing how often you have to clean them).
9. Keep your freezer fully stocked – freezers operate more efficiently when they’re full.
10. Install a programmable thermostat. You’ll be able to turn your HVAC system off when you’re not at home, which saves you money on your energy bills.
11. Use power strips. By plugging several things into one power strip, you can turn them all off at once and save electricity.
12. Make your own garden compost. You’ll not only waste less food, you’ll save money on store-bought compost.
13. Replace old HVAC systems. If your furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, replace it with a more energy efficient model.
14. Carpool. You’ll save money on gas and reduce the amount of pollutants that are emitted by your car.
15. Fix leaks. If your shower or faucet is leaking, take a few minutes to fix it. Just a couple drops of water every minute can add up to over 100 gallons of water wasted every year.