The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

The products you purchase take both energy and resources to produce. Instead of automatically throwing out your items, see if you can recycle them first. Many items can be recycled, from used boxes to milk cartons. Even computer and cellphone parts can be recycled for the nonrenewable metals they contain, such as lithium. Buying products made from recycled materials also cuts down on environmental impact. Many people even find ways to reuse their old and used items by turning them into something else. For example, crafty individuals have turned empty milk jugs into holiday luminaries and old computer monitors into gorgeous fish tanks.

 

Man Carrying Recyclables

Maintain Your HVAC Systems

Your HVAC system, which includes your heater, ventilation and air conditioning systems, has a filter that keeps the recycled air clean and healthy. The filter also keeps dust and debris from getting inside the system. These filters need to be cleaned or changed at least once a month to keep the HVAC systems running smoothly and working efficiently. Many neglect their filters, which become clogged with dust. This means that the systems have to work extra hard to keep your home heated or cooled to the desired temperature, resulting in an increased use of electricity.

 

Invest in Energy Saving Appliances

If it is time to replace one of your appliances, look for Energy Star products and electronics. These products have passed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for being energy efficient. They may cost more upfront, but will not only reduce the amount of energy the household consumes, they will save you money over time.

If the time is not yet right to upgrade, making sure appliances are turned off and unplugged when you are not using them will also reduce the amount of energy the household is consuming. It is imperative to unplug, as electronics that are simply turned off, such as televisions and game consoles, may still consume up to 40 percent of the energy they consume when on.

 

Reduce Harmful Chemicals in Your Home

Many household cleaners contain VOCs, or volatile organic chemicals. These chemicals pollute the indoor air and can cause residents to feel ill. Many companies now offer nontoxic cleaning products for consumer use. A number of natural ingredients, including white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, also work wonders on dirt and grime without harmful chemicals.

 

Conserve WaterWater Running Down Drain

Taking short showers, not letting the water run while washing dishes and insulating your water pipes are just a few ways to conserve water. Not only will you lower your water bill, but you’ll also help conserve the planet’s natural resources.

 

Becoming Eco-Friendly is Easy

When it comes to becoming more eco-friendly, there are hundreds of tips and tricks that you can use to get more out of your home and save energy and money.  Easy

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