As water and air pollution levels rise and more and more landfills reach full capacity, many consumers are seeking to reduce their environmental impact wherever possible. While some green living practices require major investments, there are a number of simple and cost-effective ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Living green is all about these 3 Rs. In addition to scrap metal recycling, think up innovative uses for reusing containers or materials in your home. Reuse plastic bags until they are torn or soiled. Purchase goods that are made from recycled materials whenever you have the option. If you are unhappy with the collection services that your current dumpster and recycling company provides, find one that recycles a larger selection of materials. Reduce your overall energy consumption by employing some of the practices discussed below.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you do not already have a smart thermostat in your home, the time to make the switch has arrived. Your one-time payment of one hundred or so dollars should pay for itself in less than a year, and you will enjoy the peace of mind that comes with never having to worry about whether or not you turned your thermostat down before you left home.
Get a Low-Flow Showerhead
Low-flow shower heads are inexpensive and pleasant to use. Install these in your home and feel less guilty about taking a shower that lasts longer than five minutes. Low-flow shower heads can also make your hot water go further.
Remember to Replace Your Air Filters
Be mindful of the environment and watch out for your family’s health and safety by regularly replacing your air filters. In warm climates like Nevada, air filters should be replaced three times per year. Change them less frequently, and your HVAC system will become less efficient, use more energy, and expose you and your family to more dust and debris.
Remember the 3 Rs!
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Be a smart consumer. Stop buying new games and DVDs when you can buy used. Or even better – try streaming! Help Abunda Trade protect Mother Earth.