Tips for Greener Living

Tips for Greener Living

SAVE MONEY & CONSERVE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES

At B & J Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe it’s important to conserve natural resources and reduce energy consumption and costs. Here are a few tips for you to live a more efficient, “green” life:

  • Use Recycled Products. Whenever possible, buy products that are made of recycled material or can be reused or recycled. 
  • 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; switch to low-water consumption toilets (1.6 vs. 1.3 gallons per flush); install aerators on your faucets; water your lawn less frequently, but give it a good soaking when you do.
  • Solar Heating. About 70% of your energy bill is consumed by home heating and cooling, which 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 a chemical that has a distinctive color and is associated with asthma attacks and 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 and PH balanced for sensitive skin.
  • Antique or Pre-Owned Jewelry. 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. 
  • Pet Flea & Tick Meds. Retail flea and tick meds are loaded with pesticides that can harm your pets and deplete their immune systems. 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. Save energy and money by buying low-energy light bulbs for your fixtures; install new energy-efficient windows; set the thermostat a degree higher or lower; plug the various components of your home computer and entertainment systems into power strips and turn them to the “off” position before leaving the house or going to bed.
Check back soon for more energy saving tips! 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.

GOVERNMENT TAX CREDITS

If you’ve been considering a new heating or cooling system, why not choose one that could get you a 30% federal tax credit (expires Dec. 31, 2016)? When you choose a geothermal heat pump combined heating and cooling system, you can take advantage of plenty of savings. 

Check out our Heat Pump and Ductless Air pages for more information on how these systems can save you money and increase your comfort in the home.

Then, contact us for a free quote and to schedule the installation.

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