It’s Easy to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Spring is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to switch up your lifestyle and go green. At Timothy Off, we offer other services (in addition to our HVAC services) like geothermal heating and cooling to help homeowners use the earth to make the most of their energy. Here are some other (simpler) ways to go green:
1. Walk or bike to work. Not only will you save money in gas, but you’ll save your car from emitting carbon dioxide fumes and you’ll improve your cardiovascular health.
2. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs. You’ll use less energy and the bulbs will last longer.
3. Don’t rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. You’ll save up to 20 gallons of water and you’ll save the energy needed to heat the additional water.
4. Use a water filter (either in the form of a pitcher or a piece that attaches right to your sink) to purify your tap water instead of buying bottled water. You’ll use less plastic and save money.
5. Don’t throw your electronics in the trash. Instead, donate or sell your computer, cell phone, mp3 player, etc. You’ll keep toxins like mercury out of the ground.
6. When printing something, use both the front and back of each piece of paper. You’ll help save trees.
7. Recycle. The easiest way to go green is to recycle your plastics, paper, cans, glass, batteries, and anything else that has the three-arrow recycle symbol on it. You’ll save the items from ending up in a landfill.
8. Plant a tree. You’ll improve the air, provide shade for your home, and increase the value of your property.
9. Turn your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter. You’ll save about 10% in energy costs.
10. Take a shower instead of a bath and you’ll save about 5 gallons of water every day.
11. Use reusable shopping bags when you buy your groceries. You’ll cut down on the amount of plastic or paper that you use (and bonus – they’re easier to carry!).
12. Instead of throwing away unused food, recycle it into a compost for your garden. You’ll save money on fertilizer, use fewer trash bags, and won’t waste food.
13. If you have a baby, switch to cloth diapers (or at least use them some of the time). Every cloth diaper means over 300 fewer disposable diapers in landfills each year.
14. Designate one glass each day to reuse for drinking water – you won’t have to wash as many dishes.
15. Switch to paperless statements for your banking bills, credit card bills, cable bills, and any other bills you may receive in the mail. You’ll save a lot of paper and postage from being used.