At B&J Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we jumped on the green bandwagon while it still had training wheels.
Now, everyone’s talking about things like reducing our dependency on foreign oil, conserving other natural resources, and reducing both energy consumption and costs.
Here are some easy-to-implement tips we urge you adopt and share with family and friends.
Have a green living idea or two of your own? Please email them to us and we’ll be happy to post your suggestions on this page…and, with your permission, give you due credit.
- Use Recycled Products. Whenever possible, buy products that are made of recycled material or can be reused or recycled. We’re talking about bank checks, greeting cards, tote bags, and many more.
- Try Fish or Veggies! Replacing one meal of red meat with a more sustainable option (such as fish or vegetables) can dramatically reduce ozone depleting carbon emissions.
- Water Conservation. Plug your sink while washing vegetables, etc., rather than letting the water run continuously. Here are some other water saving ideas:
- Switch to low-water consumption toilets (1.6 vs. 1.3 gallons per flush)…you’ll save lots of water with no loss of water pressure;
- Install aerators on your faucets…they mix air and water to reduce water consumption and, again, with no loss of pressure;
- Water your lawn less frequently, but give it a good soaking when you do;
- Trust us…there are lots more ways to conserve.
- Solar Heating. About 70% of your energy bill is consumed by home heating and cooling…and that includes heating your water supply. Back-up solar systems provide free energy and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Dry Cleaning. Choose a dry clean that uses chemical-free, non-toxic cleaning solutions and does not use perchloroethylene to clean your clothes. Perchloroethylene is the chemical your clothes are submerged in...you know it by its distinctive odor. It’s been associated strongly with asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
- Washing Your Clothes. Look for an environmentally friendly laundry detergent. There are several to choose from, and each is:
- Concentrated for extra loads per bottle
- PH balanced for sensitive skin
- Antique or Pre-Owned Jewelry. Gifts that sparkle are definitely popular with moms and sweethearts, but the jewelry industry has wreaked havoc on the environment. For example, it takes up to 5 tons of water and 20 tons of mine waste to create a simple gold ring! Consider buying something pre-loved, from a socially responsible jeweler or items made from glass, shells or recycled materials. It may sound a little tacky, but there's some truly beautiful pieces available!
- Pet Flea & Tick Meds. Retail flea and tick meds are loaded with pesticides that can harm your pets and deplete their immune systems. In fact they’re so toxic that people shouldn’t come in contact with them at all. Look for herbal or organic substitutes and do your family and pets a huge favor in the process.
- Use natural products. Household products that don’t contain chemicals are not only better for the environment; they’re safer for your family. You can make various cleaning products from stuff in your kitchen, like vinegar. If you don’t have the time, there are products you can buy. Just make sure they’re all natural.
- Conserve Energy. There are so many things you can do to save energy…while saving money in the process. For starters, buy low energy light bulbs for your fixtures. New energy efficient windows can help cut your energy costs a lot. Even small steps like setting the thermostat a degree higher or lower can make a big difference. Also, plug the various components of your home computer and entertainment systems into power strips and turn them to the “off” position before going to bed, on vacation, and so on.
Check back soon for more energy saving tips…from B&J Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
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