Everywhere you turn, you hear that you should be ‘greening your home’ or becoming more ‘environmentally friendly.’ For many of us, there is so much information to absorb that we tend to do very little.
As a homeowner, or even as a renter, there are some easy things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint that take very little extra effort. Here are three things you could do this week:
1. Change your thermostat by one degree. Studies show that for every one degree you adjust it (up in the summer, down in the winter), you can save up to 3% on your energy bills.
2. Install a programmable thermostat (and program it). I just did a quick internet search and came up with one that was priced at $21.99. If your house sits empty during the day, wouldn’t you rather pay less to keep it warm or cool? Renters would need to check with their landlords, but I would guess that most would welcome a professionally installed improvement to their property.
3. Recycle Your Trash: Most trash companies offer curbside recycling of glass, plastic, aluminum and cardboard. Even if yours does not, many counties and towns have center based recycling that you can take advantage of while out doing your errands (combining errands is a great way to save fuel). If your garbage company does not offer curbside recycling, call them and ask when it will be added.
Taking these 3 steps may not be as significant as, say, installing solar panels on your roof, but they are small ways that you can work toward minimizing your impact on the environment and preserving our earth for future generations—and maybe save some money, too.
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