Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate our blooming planet than by making the commitment to go green at home. But where do you even start?
5 Simple Changes to Go Green at Home
The home comfort pros at Pro Energy Solutions share our top ways to save energy year-round.
Ditch Paper Products
The changing seasons are a great time to accept change into your life, and with spring cleaning chores on the to-do list, examining how you clean house could introduce changes. If you or your household are avid users of paper towels, consider switching to a more long-term alternative. Microfiber cloths are a great way to clean a number of surfaces — plus, they pick up dust, dirt, and debris better than paper towels.
Opt-Out of Fast Fashion
What is ‘fast fashion’? Brands like Forever 21, Shein, H&M, and others swap out trends multiple times in one season. These clothes are usually not made of the best materials and aren’t made with quality in mind. These negatives are offset by the fact that the clothing is cheap and trendy — perfect for teens and young adults who may not have large amounts of disposable income.
The popularity of these brands has been decreasing over time, as younger generations become more environmentally conscious and thrifting and buying used has increased in popularity. Apps like Curtsy and ThredUp allow people to find and sell gently used clothes online, and donating clothes has become the new norm. If you can’t quite kick the shopping bug, consider taking torn or stained fabrics and converting them into rags or dishcloths for a second life around your home!
Schedule Your Pre-Season Tune-Up
You probably saw this one coming. Anyone who’s read a home services blog has likely learned all about how pre-season maintenance or tune-ups can help prevent breakdowns. But did you know it can also save you money on your energy bills and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system?
All larger home systems (HVAC system, water heater, etc.) need to be looked at by a pro every so often. Because we use these systems so much for our daily lives, they see a lot of general wear and tear. Scheduling maintenance allows professionals to ensure your system is firing on all cylinders every time it’s in use — saving you money and headaches in the long run.
Compost in the Kitchen
If you’re like most Americans, you know just how much trash and waste accumulates throughout even one day. While some of this waste may be too big of a shift to address initially, there is waste we can change how we dispose of.
Food and yard waste make up 30% of the trash our home accumulates on average. This waste can be reused in a process called “composting.” Composting is mixing together layers of green waste (made up of things such as fruit scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings, and vegetable stalks) and browns (twigs, leaves, branches, etc.). The browns break down into carbon which mixes with the nitrogen produced by the greens — and create a natural fertilizer for use in your garden.
Fix Leaks Inside and Outside the Home
Fixing leaks may seem like a simple plumbing problem, but in reality, excessive moisture can affect everything from your water bills to your indoor air quality to your pest problems. Leaks can be as obvious as a burst pipe or as hidden as a worn flapper or dripping faucet. Some common causes of leaks in the home include:
- Tree roots
- Corroded pipes
- Frozen pipes
- Old pipes
Check over your faucets (indoors and outdoors) this spring to ensure everything looks to be working in peak condition.
Pro Energy Solutions Can Help You Go Green at Home
There are many ways to go green at home — from turning off the water while brushing your teeth to taking shorter showers to using reusable bags for groceries. Going green can be a lifelong commitment that changes our planet over time.
If you’re ready to take the next step in saving energy and reducing waste at home, consider switching to geothermal energy or installing an electric car charger! Contact Pro Energy Solutions online or by phone at (800) 704-7340 to speak to a member of our team and learn more about our services.