A few simple changes in our homes and our lives can make a big difference for the planet. In honor of Earth Day - April 22, 2016 - we are happy to provide a list of tips to help you make your household a little more environmentally friendly.
- Switch at least one appliance to an energy efficient model - As most household appliances rely on natural gas or coal-produced electricity to run, energy efficiency can mean less pull on fossil fuels and more money in your wallet.
- Fix leaky faucets - A simple leak is more than just a nuisance. A drop per second wastes up to 192 gallons of water per month!
- Switch from bottled to filtered water - The bottled water industry uses millions of barrels of oil each year to produce those plastic containers and few of those bottles ever see a recycle bin. The bottling process also wastes quite a bit of water. Fortunately, there are quite a few in-home filtration options - from a simple pitcher to whole house filtration - that can provide access to clean, safe water without the use of fossil fuels.
- Wrap an insulated blanket around your water heater - Insulation will help keep heat in, reducing running costs as much as 9%!
- Upgrade old toilets - Toilets installed before 1992 are likely flushing a lot more water than they need to push. Updating to newer, low-flow toilets can save gallons of water and cut your yearly water costs, too.
- Check for toilet leaks - A leaky toilet can easily cost a pretty penny over time. Crop some food coloring in the toilet tank to see if color slowly seeps into the bowl. If it does, there is a leak. Flush the dye and replace worn-out parts.
- Add aerators - Reduce water use without losing pressure by fitting an aerator to your kitchen and bathroom faucets.
Performing just a few of these go-green tips can make your home can reduce environmental impact and possibly save you a few dollars.