After a crazy 2020, we’ve all gotten a lot more familiar with the inside of our houses. You may have noticed that the inside of your home has come environmentally-friendly lacking areas. Whether that is the windows that obviously leak air, a drippy faucet, or a lack of a recycling system, there are some easy ways to adjust your life to make your home more eco-friendly.
- Turn down your water heater. The most common setting for residential water heaters is 140℉. This is way too hot for a shower or even washing dishes. By turning your water heater down by 10-15° you can save energy each month and keep your toasty showers.
- Plant a window herb garden. Even the smallest spaces can make room for a small window sill herb garden. By growing your own herbs, you will eliminate the need to buy these items at the grocery store, and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Fix or replace any leaky faucets. This is a no-brainer but those annoying drip sounds are the sound of wasted water and mone
- Switch to online billing. This is one of the best (and easiest) ways to make an impact on the environment. It’s more convenient since all your statements are stored electronically for you, and you never have to worry about checking your mail again.
- Use cloth napkins. You probably have some of these lying around somewhere, to be used at Thanksgiving or a dinner party. Instead, add cloth napkins into your daily routine. You’ll save on paper waste and save some money since you won’t have to buy paper napkins.
- Use low-flow appliances and shower heads. A low-flow shower head will greatly reduce your water usage, just make sure to read reviews and look for one that does not restrict the water pressure. Installing low-flow toilets will also make a huge impact on your water usage and bill.
- Use a smart thermometer or a climate control schedule to reduce your electricity or gas usage during times that you do not need it. Smart thermometers are especially convenient since they can be linked to a mobile device to control your climate control system even when you aren’t home.
- Be smart about your dishwasher. Dishwashers can be a huge waste of electricity and water if they are not used properly. Check the settings on your dishwasher to see if there is a “top tack only” setting for those days when you don’t have enough to fill it all the way. Also, using the “delay” feature can save you money if you set it to run in the middle of the night since you are using energy out of “peak hours”.
- Use tote bags. Instead of collecting a pile of non-recyclable plastic grocery bags under your sink, buy a few large reusable tote bags. The hard part is remembering to grab them before you go into the store. Try leaving the tote bags in your car!
- Ditch the water bottles. If your tap water is not good enough to drink, you’re probably buying plastic water bottles. Those water bottles are a huge contributor to plastic waste, and they are hardly ever recycled. Instead, get a water filter. A water filter will pay for itself once you can stop buying those huge packs of water bottles.
- Use power strips. These electric accessories can be a convenient way to save energy but just flipping the switch. Not many people unplug their TV or toaster oven every time they’re done using it. It makes it a lot easier to cut these power leaks if there is an on/off switch to make it easier.
- Keep your house warm with curtains and blinds. Windows with no curtains or blinds let in heat and cool air from outside, even if the windows are sealed.
- Clean your appliances to keep them running efficiently. Your fridge has coils underneath it that help to keep your food cold. When they are covered in lint and grime, they are not doing that job. Make sure you add that chore to your spring cleaning list. The same goes for your dryer filter!
- Get a recycling bin and a compost bin. If you don’t already have a recycling service, get one! Eliminating the chore of going to a recycling drop-off center will make you that much more motivated to recycle every little thing you can. Check out our residential recycling page to learn more about our services.
Contact LePage & Sons for trash pickup service – available for both residential and commercial – and more information on how to dispose of your garbage the correct way.