Going Green Info for Earth Day
Going green this April 22 for Earth Day has way more benefits than just environmental ones. You’ll definitely be rewarded for your green efforts with lower energy bills, fewer large-appliance replacements, smaller water bills, and a better relationship with the planet.
And just in case you’re not sure where to start, our team here at Korte Does It All. came up with some great information you can use to go green this Earth Day.
Tankless Water Heaters for the Planet
Your storage-tank water heater is like the original gas-guzzling SUVs of the appliance world: they were once the only option, but now there are newer and better alternatives available, and you’ll save energy and money by switching.
Tank-style water heaters waste money because they lose energy through standby loss, they’re always working hard to keep the tank hot, and they don’t even provide an endless supply of water.
Tankless on-demand heaters, on the other hand, use about 30 percent less energy, never run out of water, and don’t waste energy keeping water hot. Moreover, their lifespan is double that of their conventional predecessors, so you can save plenty of money by going tankless.
Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures and Your Water
Water is a precious resource on this planet, and you can do your part to conserve it by taking steps to reduce your household use.
A few of the things you can do include:
- Installing low-flow toilets that will reduce consumption by 5 gallons per flush
- Switching to waterless cleaner for your car washing
- Installing water-efficient faucets that will cut the flow rate by 30 percent
- Taking shorter showers
- Turning off the water when you’re washing your hands and brushing your teeth
- Installing water-saving shower heads that will save 5 gallons of water per minute
Water Filtration Systems and the Earth
Who doesn’t love a cold, fresh, pure glass of water on a warm summer day? Most people do, and that’s why so many Americans turn to bottled water for their hydration needs. But this habit drastically increases your carbon footprint, because bottled water uses millions of gallons of oil every year for the plastic production.
And sadly, the majority of those bottles end up in the landfill after a single use. Instead, install a whole-home water filtration system to ensure the cleanest water possible for your family, and always keep a jug of cold H2O in the fridge for that same refreshing quench.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint with Lifestyle Changes
Because there’s a link between your carbon footprint and the environment, you can go green by taking steps to reduce your footprint at home, at work, and in all aspects of your life.
Looking for some simple solutions? Try these:
- Biking instead of driving
- Turning off lights and electronics
- Hanging laundry to dry
- Turning down the heat or air conditioner
- Insulating your house
- Installing weather stripping
- Replacing old lights and appliances with energy-efficient ones
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