The public needs to shake off the misconception that the responsibility of protecting the environment falls solely on the shoulders of big corporations and companies. Changing the world, starts with you. It is the amount of plastic you discard every day. It is the amount of recycling you choose to do. It is the brands and companies you choose to support with your purchases. It is the amount of energy-efficient equipment you use. So, you need to ask yourself, are you the part of the problem or are you part of the solution?
Nowadays, we hear a lot about “going green” or “saving the environment” and we instantly conjure up mental images of hippies sat around in drum circle, or groups like Greenpeace painting on the side of fishing boats. But the reality is that fighting climate change doesn’t have to be so dramatic or life-changing. There are actually many steps you can take to prevent climate change that are easy to implement into your day-to-day life, without requiring you to chain yourself to a tree or grow out some dreadlocks.
Currently, some of the biggest contributors to climate change are rising carbon emissions, and increased plastic pollution. Fortunately, there are some changes you can make at home that can greatly reduce your energy consumption, the amount of plastic you use, and even reduce your costs too. For example, did you know that your older heating and cooling equipment at home could be wasting energy, and wasting you money? Simply by upgrading your furnace and AC to energy-efficient models we can save you costs every year, and you’ll be helping the environment without even lifting a finger!
Another way you can help yourself and the environment is by using less plastic water bottles. Despite what many believe, the majority of bottled water isn’t always healthy and is a significant contributor to plastic pollution and carbon emissions. The process required to manufacture bottled water is actually very wasteful and inefficient, which you can learn more about here.
What many don’t know, is that most bottled water is just filtered tap water, which you can achieve simply by using our Flawless Faucet reverse osmosis system or our Aqua-Balance whole home carbon filter. Not only will this save you from spending money on bottled water, but you’ll also be helping the environment significantly. In all honesty, with plastic chemicals leaching into bottled water, and with the amount of chemicals and contaminants present in regular tap water, we strongly urge all homeowners to filter their water at home, at least for the sake of their health.
Have you ever heard of the Nest Learning Thermostat? Often overlooked as a minor appliance, simply using a digital thermostat effectively can actually result in significantly reduced energy consumption and create serious savings for you. These thermostats ensure that your heating and cooling equipment is only used at the times and levels required. Similarly, the same goes for replacing your regular water heater for a tankless water heater, which only heats the amount of what you need, when you need it.
These are just a couple of ways you can start helping the environment easily, without having to hurt your wallet or interfere with your daily routines. What other small changes can you make in your life that could help the environment? Maybe it’s doing your laundry with cold water or unplugging your appliances when not in use. Once you start paying attention, you’ll notice several methods in which we can all be more efficient in how we use our energy and resources.
So there you have it. With just a couple of small changes at home, you can start saving money and calling yourself an environmentalist like the best of them! Feel free to request a free home assessment by one of our specialists and we’ll be happy to show you what changes you can make at home that can start saving you money and energy today.