Thursday, April 14, 2016
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is on April 22 and is a day to celebrate this amazing planet we call home. When it comes to respecting our Mother Earth through our day-to-day actions, it doesn’t take a lot of change. If we can collectively make slight adjustments to our everyday living, together we can make a big difference.
Don’t know where to start? We’ve collected a few easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint in a few minutes – and for a few dollars – or less.
On the road
- Drive smarter by accelerating slowly and smoothly and maintaining a steady speed (and follow posted speed limits)
- Keep your tires properly inflated
- Make sure your car is in tip-top shape by taking it in for regular maintenance. This easy to follow schedule from CarCare will help you to know when certain things like batteries and oil should be checked and changed.
- Carpool with other travelers. This doesn’t just have to be to and from work. You could carpool with other families to sporting events or even to the grocery store with a friend or neighbor
- Trouble finding a carpool? Take advantage of services, like vRide, to find local carpool and ride sharing options or consider starting a carpool for your company or office park.
- In your home
- Program your thermostat to the weather and your family’s lifestyle. There a number of thermostat options that can be controlled with your smart phone so you never forget to turn it down. Home Depot has a number of options and can help you select the best model for your needs
- Switch your lightbulbs to CFLs. They not only save you money, but they also save you on energy costs. According the ENERGY STAR, if every home in America replaced just one incandescent bulb, the energy savings would be enough to light 3 million homes
- Monitor your shower use and consider installing a water-conserving showerhead
- Reuse items instead of throwing them away. Pinterest is a great resource for ways to repurpose items around your house. For example, you can turn an empty lotion bottle into a phone charging station
- Speaking of phone chargers, unplug any gadgets when they are not in use, including computer and phone chargers
- Think before you print. Consider double sided – or if you even need to print a document at all. It might even be a good time to try to go completely paperless. Many offices are making the effort to move employees to all digital. This article from TIME provides five tips to help organize documents and cut out paper.
- Turn out the lights when you leave a room
- Adjust your computer’s settings so that after a certain amount of inactivity, your monitor shuts down and goes to sleep. Unsure how to adjust the settings? ENERGY STAR provides an easy-to-use instructions for both Windows and Mac OS
- Does your office use recycled paper? If not, lead the charge and make a case to switch those office printers to recycled paper and start a recycling program.
And these are only the beginning. If you want more ideas, read our blog “10 Energy Saving Tips from Gehan Homes” for even more options. Happy Earth Day!
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