We need to take care of our planet. And our efforts don’t have to start with picking up trash on the beach. Most of the damage we do to the planet occurs in our daily habits and in our own homes.
It may seem inconvenient at first, but making small adjustments can be hugely helpful and personally satisfying. The following are just a few tips to get started:
This is huge for those living in the desert! Residents of Vegas spend way too much water through their sprinklers shortly after a fortuitous rain. The rare times we get rain, it can be very earth-savvy to collect the water in a rainwater barrel for watering our lawns and gardens. This conserves while also keeping the rainwater from flowing into the streets and picking up pollutants and allergens that eventually get into our city’s stormwater collection system.
Installing solar panels can cost $10,000 to $15,000. So why on “earth” would you invest in them? They conserve energy, and your electricity bill will be nonexistent. True, it takes many years to pay off the interest and maintenance, but they pay themselves off in the long run. And we can’t forget the amount of energy you will save over this long period of time.
Get Sustainable Appliances
Did you know that almost half of our water bill consists of toilet and shower use? Classic toilets and shower heads pump so many unnecessary gallons of water, leading to more waste. You can get more sustainable ones that pump less water, such as a toilet that pumps 1 gallon of water per flush as opposed to the usual six. You should also look into sustainable dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, and washing machines. Your water heater may also be a huge source of energy waste. Consider investing in the more-sustainable tankless water heater system. All of these appliances will cost more at first, but with their help you can save so much money (and energy) in the long run!
Switch to LED bulbs.
LED light bulbs use much less energy, emit much less heat, and last much longer than your ordinary incandescent bulbs. Over time, you will have to dispose of less bulbs. And, you won’t have to compensate for heat emission with your air conditioner in the summers.
Do not underestimate the water-wasting power of leaks: they can account for wasting almost 100 gallons of water per day. Think of the water wasted! Think of the water bill! If you hear the tiniest sound of a leak, you may need to invest in a plumber’s assistance, especially if you plan on selling your home soon. Having a leak is a major turn-off to buyers!
Consider a recycling and composting system for your home.
Did you know that approximately half of our home’s waste is discarded food? You can use this food to nourish your plants through composting! This allows you to use the garbage in a more purposeful way than to throw it in a landfill where it serves no benefit for the environment. You should also look into how your city handles recyclable materials and participate in it by putting recycle bins in your whole house for convenient use.
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