Going green is a major lifestyle change. Depending on the severity of your commitment, it can change everything—the way you dress, the things you eat, even your future investments.
Below, we’re sharing some of the simple ways you can get started on a green lifestyle. Remember, even if you’re only doing one thing every once in a while, you’re making a difference, so don’t force yourself to try and make too many changes at once.
1. Get a Pre-Season Tune-Up
Starting off easy with this one—if you’ve ever had a home services technician out to service or repair anything in your home, you probably have heard a sales pitch about the importance of regular maintenance. What you may not know, is that it’s typically more than just a sales pitch.
Larger home systems and appliances (such as your HVAC, water heater, etc.) require regular maintenance to continue working at their peak levels. This is important because if an appliance isn’t firing on all cylinders, the odds are good that you’re wasting energy and money every time it’s in use.
Winters in Hudson Valley get cold and summers can be brutal. Getting pre-season tune-ups ensures your heating and cooling system will be running the best it can for the entire season. Pre-season maintenance also gives HVAC technicians a chance to look everything over in your system. If there are any issues that could cause long-term problems, catching it early will help make the solution much simpler.
2. Start Composting
Everything that’s thrown into our garbage eventually gets picked up and taken to a landfill. The trash decomposes over time and releases methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas. Now—did you know that food scraps and yard waste make up about 30% of everything we dispose of?
Composting is a simple solution to both of these issues. Composting is a simple process of taking “greens” (vegetable waste, grass clippings, fruit scraps, coffee grounds), “browns” (dried leaves, branches, and twigs), and water and combining them in alternating layers to create a natural fertilizer.
There are many different ways to compost at home, but the basic principle is that browns provide carbon, the greens produce nitrogen, and the water helps keep everything wet to break down organic matter.
3. Choose Cloth
Another easy way to invest in the Earth is to change up your cleaning routine. Microfiber cloths are a great reusable alternative to paper towels—plus they clean better! Microfiber cloths are made of—you guessed it—thousands of microfibers that help pick up grease, bacteria, dirt, and dust.
Cheaper microfiber cloths will have fewer fibers per square inch, but if you’re really serious about the kind of clean you’re getting, you can find options that have up to 50,000 fibers per square inch!
4. Fix Leaks Inside and Outside
In a surprise to no one, leaks contribute to unhealthy living conditions and are a huge source of wasted energy and money. Leaking pipes can be caused by any number of issues including:
Frozen pipes bursting
Invasive tree roots
Did you know the annual household wastes approximately 10,000 gallons of water annually? A leak inside your home can look like anything from a leaking pipe, worn flapper, or a dripping faucet. Getting leaks in the home taken care of will keep your indoor air quality healthy and free of too much moisture while also helping you save money and energy.
Your plumbing is another area of your home you should invest in early. Annual plumbing inspections will give trained technicians a chance to get in, spot any issues early on, and solve the problem before it becomes catastrophic.
5. Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle...Your Wardrobe
Fashion is constantly changing, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to! “Fast fashion” or the phenomenon that made brands such as Forever 21 and H&M popular with younger consumers, has seen a decrease in sales as their customer base becomes more environmentally conscious.
You can follow the trend of reducing fashion waste by shopping for sustainably sourced clothing, reducing the amount of online shopping you do, or buying less clothing in general. And if you can’t quite kick that habit, research and seek out programs that allow you to donate your old clothing items for redistribution to lower-income areas or recycle the materials for reuse.
6. Join the “Shades of Green” Program
Go Green Express Home Services is serious about our commitment to a green lifestyle. We do our part in a variety of ways. Old equipment gets recycled. We specialize in using environment-friendly refrigerant, and we research the best ways to save you money and protect the environment.
We’ve also created our “Shades of Green” program to help you make the most of your budget and decrease your fuel consumption. Talk to a member of our team to learn more about saving money and reducing your carbon footprint!
7. Make It Last
For many, going green is a lifelong commitment. Every small change matters, whether it’s reducing the amount of energy you use every day by unplugging electronics when they aren’t in use, reducing the amount of plastic waste you use by bringing reusable bags to the store, or even just turning off the water while you brush your teeth.
Start your green lifestyle with any of these tips, or with any of the thousands of options online. When you’re ready to bring your green lifestyle into your home, Go Green Express Home Services is here to help you with any of your plumbing, heating, and cooling needs.
Contact one of our experienced Hudson Valley HVAC technicians or plumbers at (845) 253-4053 for any of your home services needs!