The case for going green is very compelling. It’s good for your social conscience and your wallet. Making green choices is easy; you just have to identify the opportunities, develop a plan and stick to it. Be on the lookout for ways to be green at home, work and play.
Filter Your Own Water
One of the easiest and most effective ways to go green is to stop buying bottled water.
Instead, have a water filtration system installed at home and benefit from clean, clear, tasty water when you like without the plastic bottles.
Not only is buying water bottles very expensive, but the bottles also tend to end up in landfills. That’s not environmentally friendly, now is it?
Plan Your Earth Day Events
Start an annual tradition of participating in local Earth Day events on April 22. Salt Lake City has numerous festivals and events, depending on your interests (athletic events, concerts, planting gardens, crafts, children’s activities, etc.). They all have one thing in common though; celebrating the planet and all of its gifts.
Hot Water Helper
If you’ve got a traditional hot water storage tank, it is well worth your while from an environmental and financial point of view to update to a tankless heater. When water is stored in a tank, it tends to cool over time, using more energy to do the same job.
A tankless water heater heats water on demand; the supply is steady and reliable; they cost less to run and generally have a longer lifespan, increasing cost savings.
Actively Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
There are so many things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
At work, try reusable plates, cutlery, and cups; only print when you have to; use a laptop instead of a desktop computer; when you go home for the weekend, unplug your computer and appliances.
At home, reduce your water usage. Get leaks fixed; take showers instead of baths. Turn water off when lathering hair, washing hands, shaving or brushing your teeth. Recycle your cooking water to water plants.
Before you purchase something, see if you can re-use, fix or re-purpose an item that already exists. If you do make a purchase, make sure that the item is recyclable.
Green your water use by installing eco-friendly water fixtures. A dual flush toilet greatly reduces your water use by using less water for liquid waste and more water for solid waste.
Eco-friendly faucets will regulate water flow so that you don’t waste water. Low-flow showerheads significantly reduce your water flow without reducing your water pressure, which means that you don’t have to compromise.