5 Simple Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly

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Finding ways to be more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be as involved as installing solar panels on your home or buying the latest hybrid or electric vehicle. You can do many simple things that will have a positive effect on the environment. 

Start Composting

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If you garden, put your food waste to use by starting a compost pile or bin. If you have space in your yard, designate an area where you can toss kitchen debris such as potato peels and the unused ends of cucumbers. A garbage bin can also be used for composting if yard space isn’t an option. You’ll be reducing waste while also saving money on compost and using one of the most natural methods to fertilize your garden.

Schedule an Energy Audit

Scheduling an energy audit is one of the best activities you can do to help the environment and the costs of your utility bills. An energy auditor will come to your home and determine the energy efficiency of your house. This individual will also recommend what measures you can take to improve your efficiency in a cost-effective manner. When looking for an energy auditor, be sure to find a RESNET-accredited professional.

Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse

Recycling is essential to the future health of the environment. An inordinate amount of waste is produced every day around the world, and much of it could be curtailed or eliminated if more people took the time and effort to recycle. 

If your neighborhood doesn’t have a recycling program, consider finding your nearest recycling center and make a habit of dropping off your recyclable items on a weekly or monthly basis. You can also find ways to reuse items you may otherwise throw away, such as glass jars and plastic containers.

Watch Your Water Usage

Think about all the ways you use water throughout the day, and you’ll quickly realize that you can find many ways to cut down on your water consumption. 

You can cut down on water use by waiting until your laundry and dishwashing machines are full before running them and turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. You can also take showers as quickly as possible and take showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires far more gallons of water than a shower.

Schedule Regular Maintenance for Your HVAC System

Heating and cooling your home, particularly during the coldest and warmest months of the year, can drive up your electricity bill and have a negative impact on the environment. Scheduling regular HVAC system maintenance will ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible. Your HVAC services technician will be able to recommend the most energy- and cost-efficient systems when and if you need a new HVAC system for your home.

The Future Is Green

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. On the contrary, many of the steps you can take to be as kind as possible to the environment are not only free but can also save you money in the long run.

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