Going Green in the New Year

Great Tips For Going Green

If you’re considering going green in the New Year, you’re not alone. The early part of the year is a wonderful time to turn your attention to your household’s carbon footprint, waste production, and consumption. This is especially important right now, as global population booms and consumption reaches a fever pitch. In the past 50 years alone, humans have consumed more of the world’s resources than in all of previous human history. As if this weren’t enough, the way we produce, use, and dispose of the products and food we use creates 42% of all greenhouse gases. The good news is that you can take action.

Read on for some easy and actionable tips to go green this year.

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7 Tips to Go Green in 2018

Whether you live in a large home or a tiny apartment, these smart tips can help you decrease waste, save money, and give the environment a boost.

1. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable or “learning” thermostats like the Nest model can save you money on heating each year. Designed to learn about your daily schedule and heat preferences and cycle on, or off when you’re in or out of the house, these thermostats raise and lower the interior temperature depending on your preferences. In addition to saving you money on your electric bills, these thermostats are also attractive and easy to install. If you’d like to take your new thermostat functionality even further, install a ceiling fan and use it on the reverse-direction setting.
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2. Use Eco-Friendly Power Strips

One of the biggest power sucks in any home is a power strip. With traditional power strips, power continues to run through your appliances, even when you’re not using them. With eco-friendly strips, however, power is cut off when you’re not using it. Surge protectors are also ideal for protecting your tech devices from harmful power surges and similar damage. Some even offer USP ports, for charging your favorite devices.
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3. Install a Shower Head With a Water Flow Restrictor

Showering is one of the largest causes of water consumption in most households, after only toilets and clothes washing machines. In America, the average shower consumes 17.2 gallons of water, with an average flow rate of about 2.1 gallons per minute. If you have four or more people in the household, it’s easy to see how that consumption would add up! Luckily, you can temper the flow (literally) by installing a shower head complete with a water flow restrictor. A tiny fixture installed within a showerhead, water flow restrictors can save about 30% of water consumption, per shower. While there are some water flow restrictors designed for installation in existing shower heads, it’s also easy to find a showerhead with a restrictor built right in.

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4. Mulch Your Garden

As spring rolls around and you start to plant your vegetables and flowers, don’t forget to add mulch. Eco-friendly mulch slows the rate of water evaporation, prevents weeds from popping up, and adds nutrients to the soil. All of this decreases the amount of money you need to spend on herbicides, water, and fertilizer, and allows you to enjoy a beautiful garden, with a minimal amount of effort. If you’d like to make your garden even more eco-friendly, install rain barrels to catch runoff, and then use that water to keep your plants hydrated and happy.

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5. Go Paperless With Bills

For most people, there’s no longer any point to receiving paper bills. With this in mind, consider going paperless to reduce your carbon footprint and lower the number of trees that have to die in the making of your accounting. It’s easy to go paperless by visiting the dashboards or websites of each of your various billing companies or utility providers. If you have trouble locating the option, consider calling the office directly.
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6. Recycle

You can recycle virtually everything today, and you should! Cut down your waste in the New Year by recycling aluminum, glass, food scraps, and paper. Depending on where you live, you can find on-demand recycling services which bring you bins and, once they’re full, come pick them up. This relieves you from running to the neighborhood to dump your recycling bins and ensures that you’re cutting down on waste at home. Don’t forget your food scraps as you start your recycling mission! If you live in a small space, invest in a countertop food scrap bin, which you can empty once it’s full. If you have some yard space to spare, opt for an outdoor compost bin or pile, which you turn regularly.

As the compost “cooks,” you’ll wind up with beautiful, nutrient-dense soil for your garden or veggies.

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7. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle

Each year, the U.S. consumes about 17 million barrels of oil just to produce plastic water bottles. Help make a dent in this consumption rate by buying a stainless steel water bottle and filling it up whenever you’re thirsty. In addition to cutting down on the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills each year, this simple step can also save you as much as $1,400 in bottled water costs each year. As if all this weren’t enough, carrying a reusable water bottle with you may also encourage you to drink more water, thus boosting your health!
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Going Green, Made Simple

New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. Going green in your home, though, is a resolution worth making. In addition to cutting down on the amount of waste you and your family produce annually, going green also allows you to decrease your carbon footprint, lower your monthly bills, and produce less trash, both now and in the future.

Even if you’ve never been a green aficionado before now, it’s never too late to start. Simple, straightforward, and easy to maintain, these seven tips can make your household a green place in 2018.

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